English: GCSE

Introduction:

The study of English at Key Stage 4 forms a central part of the curriculum at Wright Robinson College. We aim to build on the skills developed during Key Stage 3 to ensure both that students are prepared for an increasingly demanding world for young people beyond school and that students are prepared for the demands of the new GCSE curriculum. The English Language and Literature GCSE courses are both assessed via examinations, with no coursework option available.

The English Department at Wright Robinson uses the AQA examination board. We are committed to providing students with plentiful resources to ensure that they can be as successful as possible. For further guidance, please contact your child’s English teacher, the Head of Department (Mr. Daly) or see the relevant websites listed below.

Areas of study:

AQA GCSE English Language Click here for more information

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

Non-Examination Assessment: Spoken Language

AQA GCSE English Literature Click here for more information

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (40%)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60%)

Personal Attributes required:

Students in English will be expected to develop their analytical skills, while also developing the ability to empathise with others and consider the actions/ideas of other people. Creativity and originality are desirable, as are, of course, team work, commitment and perseverance.

Future Career Plans:

English is a key qualification for the majority of work places and college courses. Specifically, students who study English post-16 might consider careers in law, journalism, education, the media and public relations.

Homework Expectations:

On average 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes of written work per week for all students. Students should also be encouraged to read as widely as possible a range of quality writing.

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