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English GCSE

 

English GCSE

 

    Years 10 & 11:

 

Pupils follow the WJEC Syllabus for English Language. The course involves the production of a controlled assessment folder containing a range of writing styles, and reading work in response to texts studied in class. Oral work is assessed throughout the course. Pupils study texts set by the examination syllabus. Oral work, although no longer part of the GCSE results, is awarded through a separate certificate.

By the end of the course, pupils will have completed a series of assignments that show their development as critical readers and writers, and they will become more competent in group and paired speaking and listening activities.

 

Attainment and progress are measured using internal modular assessments throughout the year, classwork and catch up and intervention sessions.

 

Controlled Assessment tasks include:

Prose study

Shakespeare and Poetry

Descriptive Writing

Story Writing

Studying Spoken Language

Pupils will also study at least one of the following literature texts in preparation for their

Internal and external examinations:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley

Heroes by Robert Cormier

Pupils are likely to study the following non-fiction texts in preparation for their Language

external examinations:

Newspaper Articles

Speeches

Websites

Magazine Interviews

Leaflets

 

    Year 11 - Overview of Assessment (English Language)

 

Unit 1: English in the daily world (reading) (30% of the total GCSE marks)

Written examination taken at the end of year 11

Written Paper 30% (1 hour)

40 marks in total

Tiered papers – Foundation & Higher

Reading: non-fiction texts

 

Unit 2: English in the daily world (writing)

written examination taken at the end of year 11

Written Paper 30% (1 hour)

40 marks in total

Tiered papers – Foundation & Higher

Writing: information and ideas

 

Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination

controlled assessments throughout the GCSE course

80 marks available

40% of the total GCSE marks

Reading: literary texts (two assignments: 10% each): literary heritage poetry & Shakespeare; different cultures prose

Writing: open writing (two assignments: 10% each): 1 st and 3rd person narrative

 

Unit 4:  Speaking & Listening

controlled assessments throughout the GCSE course

40 marks available

Endorsement - 0% weighting of the total GCSE grade

 

 

    New specification GCSE (Current Year 10)

 

Overview of Assessment (English Language) Assessment:

100% examination, taken at the end of year 11

Papers are no longer tiered

Awaiting New Specification from WJEC