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English Specification A GCSE at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

AQA In years 10 and 11 you will follow the AQA syllabus to obtain two GCSEs, one in English and one in English Literature. You will study a range of texts from the 20th and pre-20th centuries. These will include poetry, plays, novels, short stories, media and non-fiction texts. Your coursework is made up of both written and oral assessments. Your written coursework, which will examine your reading and writing skills, will involve five or six pieces, covering a modern play, original writing, media, a novel or short stories and a play by Shakespeare. Your oral assessment will consist of three activities which test your speaking and listening skills. Coursework for GCSE English Language counts for 40% of your total mark; and for English Literature, 30% of your total mark. You will sit two exam papers for GCSE English, and one paper for GCSE English Literature. Each paper is 1 hours long.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in English 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 such as a Teacher, Journalist or Editor. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years