Head of Department - Mrs Hayley Yates
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All students follow courses by AQA with the majority entered for English Language and Literature.
GCSE Units at a glance - English/ English Language
Unit 1. Exam Paper 1 (2 hrs) (40%)
Section A. Reading Section B. Writing
Unit 2. Speaking and Listening (20%)
Three assessments equally weighted.
- Discussing listening
- Role playing
Unit 3. Understanding Spoken and Written Texts and Writing Creatively (40%)
Part A. Extended Reading.
Candidates choose one task from bank of published titles from the year in which they are entering. They must consider one extended text which maybe the one they are also using for Literature
Part B. Creative Writing.
Candidates choose two tasks from the bank of published titles. 20 marks are given for content and organization and 10 marks are available for accuracy.
Part C. Spoken Language Study.
Candidates choose from the bank of published titles for the year they are being entered. DNA (Kelly) As soon as the titles are released for 2014 they will appear on the website.
Exam Unit 1. (1 hr 30 mins) (40%)
- 1 question Section A
- 1 question Section B
Exam Unit 2. (1 hr 15 mins) (35%)
- 1 question Anthology
- 1 question Unseen Poetry
Controlled Assessment. Unit 3. (25%)
Written response to a play by Shakespeare and a text from the Literary Heritage. 2,000 words (4 hrs)
- Lord of the Flies (Golding)
- Martyn Pig (Brooks)
- Woman in Black (Hill)
- Under Milkwood (Thomas)
- The Crucible (Miller)
- Kindertransport (Samuels)
- An Inspector Calls (Priestley)
- Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
- Purple Hibiscus (Adichie)
- Mister Pip (Jones)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Year 10 - Controlled Assessment Dates 2012/2013
Classes will begin writing their assessments on the following dates:
1st October 2012 - Producing Creative Texts 1 (Creative Writing)
22nd October or 5th November - Producing Creative Texts 2 (Creative Writing)
(Depending on English Language/Literature or English Only route)
3rd December 2012 - Spoken Language Study (not English Only)
4th February 2013 - Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage (Extended Reading)
4th Febraury 2013 - Understanding Creative Texts (English Only)
18th March 2013 - Literature Response (not English Only)
The Department also offers opportunities for a range of extra curricular trips to theatrical productions.
In Year 11 extra classes run for Intervention (D – C) and Able and Talented master classes. The Department also runs an Easter Workshop for English Literature.
The Speaking and Listening assessments and controlled assessments continue into Year 11, as does the Literature preparation for Modern Prose and Drama.