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English Literature GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
Category :Languages, Literature and Culture of the British Isles - Languages, Literature and Culture

Course content

What does the course involve?

Studying English Literature will enable you to develop your reading skills through a range of stimulating and relevant texts. You will learn to understand texts, become more perceptive in your reading and extend your enjoyment of reading, developing habits that you can take with you when you leave school.

The focus of the study of English Literature at GCSE is the text itself. You will discuss plot, character and theme, thinking always about the writer's intentions, and you will learn about when and in what circumstances the texts were written.

During the course, you will study:

. a contemporary novel - current choices include: 'Anita and Me' by the television comedian Meera Syal, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' a story of growing up in 1930s America by Harper Lee and the humorous 'Paddy Clark, Ha, Ha, Ha' by Irish writer Roddy Doyle,
a pre twentieth century short story,
a contemporary play such as 'An Inspector Calls' by Priestley or 'A View From The Bridge' by Arthur Miller, both of which are full of tension and family crisis,
a range of poetry both contemporary and pre twentieth century.

Your work in class will be supported via trips to the theatre and author visits and workshops wherever possible



During the course your teacher will assess work in accordance with criteria which are made clear to you. You will be given regular opportunity to reflect on your own performance.

English Literature: 70% examination
30% written coursework (an essay on the short story, two essays on poetry: one contemporary and one pre twentieth century, work on a Shakespeare play. Two of these pieces are the SAME essays that are written for English coursework: the marks that you get for the contemporary poetry and for the work on Shakespeare count for English as well as for literature).

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Other information

Coursework for the English Literature is teacher-led. You will be guided through a study of the text/s which will be focussed on the final essay task. You will then have the opportunity to submit a plan or a draft of your work prior to finalising your essay. The work on Shakespeare will be assessed via a discussion with your teacher rather than a written essay. Your work in English Literature will help develop the skills of analysis that are needed in the study of English and which are so useful in other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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