Examination Board: AQA
Students will be entered for 2 GCSEs, English Language and English Literature. The examination board we use is AQA.
Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing - 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of GCSE)
Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of GCSE)
Spoken Language Endorsement (see below for further details)
Spoken Language Endorsement:
The Spoken Language Endorsement (SLE) is an endorsed component of the course covering spoken language. Students pick a topic of interest and deliver a short presentation to their peers. The SLE is reported as a separate grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Classified). The SLE does not contribute English Language grade.
The SLE was assessed at the end of Y10. Students have been informed of their grade. Official reporting of grades will happen before the examination series in Y11.
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (Macbeth and A Christmas Carol) – 1 hour 45 minutes (40% of GCSE)
Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry (An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict Poetry, Unseen Poetry) – 2 hours 15 minutes (60% of GCSE)
Assessment in Year 11
Y11 PPEs – October / November (Week 8 and Week 9)
English Language PPE – Full Language Paper 1
English Literature PPE – An Inspector Calls
Y11 PPEs – February (Week 20 and Week 21)
English Language PPE – Full Language Paper 2
English Literature PPE – Full Literature Paper 2
Y11 students will also complete interim assessments within lessons to ensure they have practiced writing essays for all aspects of the exam.
Intervention and Extra Support
To further support the students in their English studies we will be offering some targeted intervention sessions for Y11 students. These intervention sessions will have a specific focus and students will be invited to them. We will communicate home when these sessions are if/when your child is invited. It would be much appreciated if you can encourage your child to attend these sessions if invited.