English Language and Literature

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Why study this subject?

English is a compulsory subject at KS4 and an essential element of the new English Baccalaureate. The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are of vital importance for a student’s future. Not only are they essential in most careers, but they also underpin successful study in all subjects at all levels. The study of English and English Literature develops critical and analytical reading and listening and equips young people with accurate and expressive communication skills. Proficiency as a reader and writer can add immeasurably to an individual’s general quality of life.

What will I learn?

Studying English Language and Literature, you will develop your written and spoken language skills. You will also read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts that cover the English language in a variety of forms. As a result, you will achieve a qualification that is highly valued in any future pathway you may choose.

How will I be assessed?

The English department prides itself in providing regular, rigorous assessment and feedback. Assessments are carried out at regular intervals throughout the year and are in a similar style to the terminal exam taking place at the end of Year 11. Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

At the end of the course you will receive two GCSEs, one in English Language and one in English Literature. Your GCSE grades will reflect your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

English can lead to a range of further qualifications, careers or training courses, and is often a required element of any job or further study. The key functional skills you will obtain in GCSE English will help you in any walk of life.

Post-16 Progression

English Literature A-Level is a widely respected A-Level and is listed as one of the most sought-after subjects for Universities by the Russell Group. The course will introduce you to aspects of narrative, using novels, plays and poetry to show how narratives are created by authors and the different ways in which readers can respond. Throughout the English Literature course, you will be introduced to a wide variety of texts, some of which will be of your own choosing. You will be also introduced to different ways of reading texts for study and to critical ideas which you will learn to apply to literary texts.

How much homework will I have to do?

Extended study plays an important role in GCSE English Language and Literature. Homework will be set once a week; however, you are also expected to develop skills and carry out your own research independently.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

For more information about this course, please see Mr Dowling or look at the specification http://www.aqa.org.uk



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