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English at Deptford Green School

Course description

At Key Stage 4 you will study for the AQA GCSE in English. You will be examined on a combination of coursework and final examinations. In Year 10 you will focus on coursework which is taught in modular units. Each unit is based on a text that you will study in order to be able to write an assignment at the end of the unit. These units are: - Shakespeare - Prose Study - Media and Wide Reading - Original Writing You will also be given a range of oral tasks that provide an opportunity for us to assess your oral skills. In Year 11 you will focus on the set texts that you will be tested on in the final examinations, on preparing for the unseen non-fiction part of the examination, on writing in a variety of styles according to your audience, and on developing examination techniques. You will study a selection of poems from other cultures and work on developing your writing skills. There will be further opportunities for ongoing assessment of your oral skills. Assessment: Assessment is through a combination of the following. Coursework: - Four written assignments count for 20% - A selection of oral marks count for 20% Examinations: - Two separate examinations count for 60% The course aims to develop and test your skills in the key areas of reading and understanding, writing in a variety of styles and speaking / listening. Pupils who do well in this subject are those who can: - read carefully and respond thoughtfully - use what a text tells them in order to judge what is suggested - write in a clear and organised way with a good level of accuracy - adjust their style of writing to suit the purpose and audience - contribute to discussions, expressing a viewpoint clearly; and yet also... - listen to what others say and consider a different viewpoint. English GCSE is important as whatever career you choose, it is an indication of your general level of literacy and your ability to communicate.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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