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English & English Literature at Wrenn Academy

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In English you study for two GCSEs: English and English Literature Why study English and English Literature? Our words help to make us what we are. Using language enables us to understand and communicate with each other and to make sense of our world. By developing our skills in English – reading, writing, speaking and listening- we become better equipped to make the most of our life and opportunities. Studying English Literature opens up the past, the present and the future. Imaginative writing by the best writers not only shows us how people “work” – their thoughts, feelings, ambitions, motives, actions – but also helps us to explore how language itself “works” – how the choice of a word or phrase can change a meaning or change a life. English is so important that everyone is expected to study it. A GCSE qualification in English is a basic requirement for many jobs and for higher education. In the meantime, the better your skills in this subject, the better you will be able to cope with any other subjects that you choose to study. English Literature is often taught together with English, and develops your skills in “reading” – not only books, but what people say, mean and do. Study of Literature is helpful as part of preparation for a wide range of careers. You will study: · Different skills and styles for speaking and writing; · A variety of books, plays and poems. You will learn: · How to use and understand English better; · How to write and speak effectively for a particular purpose and for different audiences; · How to read and listen carefully in a variety of situations.


Assessment: There is a choice of two levels of entry in each examination. At Foundation level the grades available are G – C; at Higher level, the grades available are D – A*. For English you will complete coursework in reading and writing (20%) and speaking and listening (20%). Also, at the end of the course, you will take two examination papers which further test your skills in reading carefully and writing accurately and effectively (30% each). For English Literature, you will be expected to study carefully a range of different books, plays and poems. Your knowledge and understanding will be tested both in coursework (30%) and, at the end of the course, in a single examination (70%).

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Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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