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English

Qualification: English Language GCSE
Exam Board/Specification: OCR

There are two GCSE qualifications in English. All students will study both GCSEs.

Most employers and colleges look for good grades in English and Maths.

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.  Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

What does the course involve?

Students will complete two examinations at the end of year 11 that will test their reading and writing equally.  The specification will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

What about controlled assessments and exams?

100% examination

Exam 1: Written paper: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing      1 hour, 45 minutes - year 11 - 50% of assessment. 

Exam 2: Written paper: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives 1 hour, 45 minutes - year 11 - 50% of assessment

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

You can take a number of AS and A-Level courses at John Cleveland Sixth Form or other providers following your GCSE studies including: English Literature and English Language.

 

Qualification: English Literature GCSE
Exam Board/Specification: AQA

There are two GCSE qualifications in English. All students will study both GCSEs.

Most employers and colleges look for good grades in English and Maths.

Courses based on this specification should encourage students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature should encourage students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

What does the course involve?

You will complete two examinations that focus on a wide variety of literature – a modern drama or prose, a nineteenth century novel, a cluster of poetry and a Shakespeare play.  You will also be asked to engage and respond to unseen poetry and drama in the exam.

What about controlled assessments and exams? 

100% examination

Exam 1: Written paper (1 hour, 45 minutes): Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel, to be taken at the end of Year 11 – 50% of assessment.

Exam 2: Written paper (2 hours, 15 minutes): Modern texts and poetry, to be taken at the end of Year 11 – 50% of assessment.  

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

You can take a number of AS and A-Level courses at John Cleveland Sixth Form or other providers following your GCSE studies including: English Literature and English Language.

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