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English GCSE at Kingsthorpe College

Course description

In Year 10 & 11 all students study English Language and either English Literature or Media Studies. Below you will find some information about the two courses to help you decide between them. Your English teacher will also be able to advise you about which course is most suitable for you. This decision will not affect your options as students studying English Language and Literature have the same number of lessons as those studying English Language and Media Studies.

In order for you to make the best decision you need to think about a few things first.

# What aspects of English am I really interested in?
# Do I like reading novels and poems?
# What is Media? Could I write about TV and film?

Course content

As well as English Language you will study either:

English Literature

This course will involve you studying modern plays, novels, Shakespeare and poems. These will cover a wide range of ideas from love and relationships to death and murder. You will be expected to produce 3 pieces of coursework worth 30% of your final mark.


Media Studies

This course will involve the close study of a wide range of media texts including film, television and newspapers. You will be expected to produce 3 pieces of coursework (worth 50% of the final mark) based on the study of topics allocated by the Examination Board. In the past these have ranged from Crime Drama to popular Music.


  • Your choices in English will not affect your options - everyone has the same number of lessons for English/Literature and English/Media.
  • Everyone will be studying for two GCSEs (either English and
    English Literature or English and Media Studies).
  • Each course will be a mixture of coursework and examinations.


  • Media Studies is the easier option; it's just watching videos!
    (You will be expected to show the same level of technical writing ability as in Literature).
  • Literature is just about reading books (there is lots of discussion about such issues as love, murder, relationships).

Further information

If you wish to discuss your choices for Key Stage 4 please feel free to speak to your English teacher or contact the Director of English, Miss Ayres.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsthorpe College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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