GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Why is English so important?
English is a vital subject; most employers look for good grades in English and Mathematics.
Working hard and improving in this subject will help you in all your other subjects. At the heart of success you will find reading. Reading enables us to develop in so many ways both academically and personally. As a faculty we encourage all students to read as often, and as widely, as possible alongside the set texts required for the examinations.
All Lutterworth College students will be dual entered for English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702).
What does the course include?
We follow the AQA GCSE courses for both English Language and English Literature.
Both courses are linear with the final examinations to be taken at the end of two years. There are no controlled assessment or coursework elements. Formative and summative assessments are built into our curriculum design to enable us to monitor student progress, and there will be mock examinations to help support students in year 10 and year 11.
As part of the qualification students are required to take part in a spoken language assessment. This is where students will prepare and give a speech on a topic which interests them. This element of the course can worry some students but we will support everyone to achieve his or her best. When completed, all students feel proud of themselves for having done so. The assessment does not form a part of the final grade but is a requirement of the GCSE specification. Students will receive a pass, merit or distinction. This is then seen on their results and certificates as p, m or d.
These courses will enable students to:
- read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts fluently and with good understanding;
- read critically, and use knowledge gained from wider reading to inform and improve their own writing;
- write effectively and coherently using Standard English;
- develop their skills in writing creatively and functionally;
- use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar;
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and speaking and listening.
How will you be assessed?
For GCSE English Language you will be assessed through two examinations:
- Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – 1 hour 45 minutes / 50% of the GCSE
- Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – 1 hour 45 minutes / 50% of the GCSE
- Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language – a separate certificate
For GCSE English Literature you will be assessed through two examinations:
- Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel – 1 hour 45 minutes / 40% of the GCSE
- Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry – 2 hours 15 minutes / 60% of the GCSE
All of the examinations for Literature are closed book examinations; this means that the students cannot take copies of the texts in the examinations.
Many students go on to study English Language, English Literature or Media Studies at A level. A Level 5 GCSE or higher in English Language (alongside 4 other C/5 grades) will enable you to progress to a wide range of courses as a Sixth Form student.