English Language GCSE at Parliament Hill School
Exam Board AQA Team Leader Ms J. Youlton, English@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Pathway? As you probably know, all students have to study English at GCSE level. Studying English helps you to develop key communication skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Most students are entered for both GCSE English and GCSE English Literature. Although they are separate qualifi cations, many of the texts and skills you will study are relevant to both qualifi cations. Generally, however, studying GCSE English Literature gives you the opportunity to study a wider range of texts and to develop further some of the skills you need for English Language. The skills you learn for both English Language and English Literature will help you in your other subjects and a good grade in GCSE English Language will help you to get onto A level courses in subjects such as Media and Film Studies and Sociology. In the long term, colleges and employers are always looking for good communication skills and will be interested in the grade you achieved in English Language. A level English is a useful qualifi cation for entry to many Higher Education courses and a wide range of careers. Quotes from Year 11 ‘English isn’t just about writing, it’s about discussing, exploring ideas, using your imagination and learning new things.’ ‘The thing that I like in English is that when you analyse texts you fi nd a lot more implications than you fi rst thought of.’ ‘Being in English has helped me accomplish more in my other subjects and getting a good grade will mean you can achieve more in your life ahead.’ ‘ English teaches you how to be who you are in words.’ Assessment You will be assessed on your speaking and listening as well as your reading and writing skills. Assessment includes controlled assessments completed over the two years and exams at the end of year 11. GCSE English 40% Controlled assessment: • Extended reading • Creative writing • Spoken Language study 20% Speaking and Listening: • Presenting, discussing and listening and role play. 40% Examination: • Reading and writing non-fi ction texts GCSE English Literature 25% controlled assessment and 75% examination: • Exploring poetry • Exploring modern texts • Shakespeare and pre-1914 prose Tiers of entry Foundation tier: grades G to C Higher tier: grades D to A* Students are entered for Higher tier if there is a good possibility that they could achieve a B grade. Requirements for A level/ La Swap To be accepted onto A level courses in C12 English Literature and English Language students need a minimum of B grades in both English Language and English Literature GCSE. Other courses such as History and Media Studies A level also look for B grade in English Language GCSE. Description of course The combined English Language and English Literature course is varied with something for everyone to enjoy. Typical classroom activities include discussions and debates, reading, role play, and independent writing. You will study a wide range of texts including poetry, drama and prose as well as non-fi ction and media texts. If you want to be really well prepared for studying English Language and English Literature at GCSE level, we recommend that you do lots of reading between now and the start of year 10. You should try to read a range of texts including novels, newspapers and other non-fi ction texts such as biographies. Useful websites www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ gcsebitesize
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How to apply
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