English - Key Stage 4

English Language and English Literature ~ (I)GCSE

Students study CIE IGCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature or both. The courses run over two years and are taught during English lesson time but are separate subjects leading to two individual qualifications. Assessment takes place through coursework, controlled assessment and by examination.

English Language ~ (I)GCSE

The course aims are to:

  1. enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing
  2. enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience
  3. encourage students to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language
  4. complement students’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences)
  5. promote students’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.

AO1: Reading

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

R1 understand and collate explicit meanings.

R2 understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes.

R3 select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes.

R4 understand how writers achieve effects.

AO2: Writing

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined

W2 order and present facts, ideas and opinions

W3 understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary

W4 use language and register appropriate to audience and context

W5 make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and

English Literature ~ GCSE

THE AIMS OF THE COURSE are to develop students’ abilities to:

  • Respond to texts critically and imaginatively, select and evaluate textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.
  • Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.
  • Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects.
  • Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts at different times.

The following diagram illustrates the structure of both courses.

GCSE English Language and English Literature
  English LanguageEnglish Literature
Examination   Reading Passages (Extended) Exploring Modern Texts  
Reading 50% Candidates answer three questions on two passages of 600-700 words, linked by a common theme. Candidates answer one question from a choice of two about a modern prose or drama text they have studied. 20%
Candidates answer a two part question about a culturally significant text they have studied. 20%
Unit 2     Poetry Across Time  
Section A   N/A Candidates answer one question from a choice of two about a poetry culture from the anthology. 23%
Section B   N/A Students answer one question about an unseen poem. 12%
Coursework Coursework  
  50% Assignment 1 – Informative, analytical and/or argumentative N/A  
Writing Assignment 2 – Imaginative, descriptive and/or narrative N/A  
  Assignment 3: a response to a text or texts chosen by the Centre. The text(s) should contain facts, opinions and arguments. Candidates respond to the text(s) by selecting, analysing and evaluating points from the material. N/A  
Unit 3     Controlled Assessment  
      Candidates complete one task that asks them to make links between a Shakespeare play and a text from the English literary heritage. 25%