The course consists of Paper 1; Explorations in Creative Writing, and Paper 2; Writers’ Viewpoints and perspectives. Each paper is worth 50% of the final grade. Both papers cover reading and writing skills which enable pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
Speaking and Listening is an endorsed component of the English course which requires students to participate in a speaking and listening presentation. Although Speaking and Listening doesn’t contribute to the final English grade, students do gain a certificate with either a distinction, merit, pass, or ‘not classified’.
This course consist of two papers. In Paper 1, students respond to questions on Shakespeare (Macbeth) and 19th Century Fiction (A Christmas Carol.) Paper 1 is worth 40% of the final mark. In Paper 2 students are assessed on their understanding of Modern Literature (An Inspector Calls) and a Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict.) Within the poetry section, students compare two poems studied within the anthology as well as analysing unseen poems. Paper 2 is worth 60% of the overall grade.
Knowledge check dates:
Mid-term assessment dates:
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AQA Specimen papers & mark schemes
Language Paper 1 & 2:
Literature Paper 1 & 2:
Studywise ( with specimen papers)
Revision World – essay writing tips
Mr Bruff Exam guidance
An Inspector Calls
Young Vs Old
Jekyll & Hyde – Shmoop
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Macbeth – Shmoop
No Fear Shakespeare ( Sparknotes)
Key Stage 4 GCSE Revision Club/Study Support – Thursday
Theatre trips and visiting theatre groups give students live experiences of some of their set texts.