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English Literature GCSE at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is GCSE English? English is a two-year course which allows pupils to enter for one or two qualifications: GCSE English and GCSE English Literature. English and the National Curriculum English is one of the ‘Core’ National Curriculum subjects. Pupils are assessed in three areas of learning: En.1 Speaking and Listening En.2 Reading En.3 Writing (including Handwriting, Spelling and Presentation) Skills During the course pupils will be expected to: - improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening - learn to write and speak fluent, accurate and appropriate English - read and respond to a range of literature, both fiction and non-fiction Assessment The majority of pupils will sit examinations in both English and English Literature, and there is a coursework requirement for each. English Literature The English Literature paper counts for 70% of the marks. This tests one previously studied modern prose text and a selection of poetry from the anthology. Written Coursework in English Literature requires response to: - Shakespeare - Pre 1914 Prose - 20th Century Drama and accounts for 30% of the final grade. Teaching group organisation In English, pupils are grouped according to their ability. Homework Pupils will follow a varied homework programme including writing creative and formal essays, reading set texts, media and non-fiction texts, preparation for oral (Speaking) assessments and examination revision. Increasing understanding Pupils can make considerable progress in English by taking care with all work set. All homework will feed into developing skills and, if tackled conscientiously, will contribute directly to learning. When studying set texts, pupils are advised to read other work by the same author. Reading non-fiction is a key National Curriculum strand and we advise pupils to read quality journalism to help their background knowledge of informative language and increase their awareness of issues for discussion. Response to poetry (classic, contemporary and multi-cultural) is another key National Curriculum strand and wider reading of poetry is therefore also helpful.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in English Literature or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to English literature such as a Teacher, Poet, Writer or Journalist. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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