English - Key Stage 4

Students develop their Reading, Writing and Communication skills throughout Years 10 and 11, culminating in two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature.

Students prepare for AQA English Language and English Literature which consist of controlled assessments and external examinations. These units cover a range of texts and allow students to demonstrate their understanding of key literacy skills, the study of literary works, as well as their own creativity.

GCSE English Language

One external examination (40%)

Understanding and producing non-fiction texts – students analyse 3 non-fiction texts which include webpages, leaflets and news articles. There are also two written tasks where students combine technical accuracy with creativity to produce articles, letters or scripts to set questions.

Controlled Assessments (60%)

Extended reading – a response to a novel, exploring themes and language.

Creative writing – 2 pieces of writing to a set task

Spoken Language Study – an analysis of how we use language in today’s society, e.g. how we adapt talk according to different situations. The adaptation of language for text messages or emails; public speaking or professional language.

Speaking and Listening – a range of tasks including presentations, discussions and role play.

GCSE English Literature

Two external examinations (75%)

Exploring modern texts – the analysis of themes and language within two separate novels.

Poetry across time – the study of 15 poems based on conflict, from the Moon on the Tides Anthology. Students also analyse one unseen poem in the exam.

Controlled Assessment (25%)

The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage – an analysis of the significance and impact of two Shakespeare plays, exploring language, themes and theatrical production of the plays.

In addition, we also offer AQA GCSE Media Studies (Single and Double Award). The course develops and compliments work covered in GCSE English Language.

GCSE Media Studies (Single Award)

One examination (40%)

Investigating the Media – students explore audience representation together with the construction of media texts on a set theme.

Controlled Assessment (60%)

Understanding the Media – students produce three pieces covering a range of media texts and skills, combining their knowledge and understanding with technical skills and creativity. E.g. analysing the opening of a film or TV programme; exploring the way in which a band or artiste is represented and promoted across the media industry; the production of a range of advertisements or magazine covers.

GCSE Media Studies (Double Award)

Single Award as above plus:

One examination (20%)

Exploring Media Industries – students study two media industries, e.g. television, film, advertising. They examine different aspects of these industries including job roles, finance, regulation and the range of products produced.

Controlled Assessment (30%)

Responding to a Media Brief – students research two different media forms and produce two pieces across each of these. They then evaluate their work.

By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life. - Jean Baptiste Girard

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