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English Language and Literature at All Saints Catholic College, Specialist in Humanities

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English is a compulsory subject on the timetable.  What then does GCSE English offer as a separate subject?  Well, two GCSEs for a start, in English and English Literature.English Literature is an important course.  Literature is a more sophisticated term for texts worth reading.  Basically we are looking at life through somebody else’s eyes to see things we may have missed and understand things about ourselves that we may not have realised.  We share other people’s lives and broaden our own understanding.  When we study a film we look at how the music, the camera angles and the sequence of the scenes produce a particular effect or emotion; when we study a novel or a poem we look at how words produce a similar effect or emotion.Most people’s working lives are spent in groups.  Most decisions are group decisions.  In English we practise group talk with practical problems to solve.  Drama offers an opportunity for role play and gives a greater awareness of the different parts we all have to play and a chance to practise without embarrassment.Talking is often more important than writing, but writing is the form of most examinations and performance in the written part of the subject is most important for the future.  At this stage of your school career, expect to write fewer pieces, at greater length and be prepared to redraft your first attempts. Writing also helps us to think more clearly and it is in the sifting of fact from opinion, the clear statement of a point of view, and in the encouragement of others to share it, that English as a subject offers a valuable opportunity.  Within a few years of leaving school, most of the really important decisions about life are taken; English as a subject should help you to be more aware of the process of taking decisions that affect the whole of your life.


Examination DetailsAQA NEAB Syllabus Assessment:English Literature: 30% coursework, 70% examinationEnglish: 20% oral work, 20% coursework, 60% examination Course DetailsCoursework:1. Personal writing to imagine, explore, entertain2. Prose study3. Media which analyses, reviews, comments4. Shakespeare5. Modern drama The course includes:1. Study of modern and Pre 1914 poetry2. Study of poems from other cultures and traditions3. Short stories or a novel

Future opportunities

What can I do with an English qualification?English qualifications are a passport to tertiary education and a grade C pass is considered essential for many occupations.

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Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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