English GCSE

Steinbeck's Of Mice and MenAt GCSE the department follows the Edexcel International GCSE syllabi in English Language (Spec A) & English Literature. The courses are designed as two-year courses.

The Language syllabus features a relevant, updated and engaging selection of texts ranging from British heritage to modern international. Assessment is 60% external examination and 40% internal coursework. The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

The Literature syllabus is comprised of two Papers: Paper 1 Poetry and Modern Prose & Paper 3 Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts. Assessment is 60% external examination and 40% internal coursework. The aims of the Literature qualification are to:

  • enable students to engage with and develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts from around the world
  • develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors achieve their literary effects
    to develop the skills needed for literary study;
  • explore, through literature, the cultures of their own and other societies;
  • find enjoyment in reading literature and understand its influence on individuals and societies.

Overall, this builds a foundation for students wishing to progress to Pearson Edexcel AS and Advanced Level in English Literature.

Much Ado About Nothing
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Romeo and Juliet   An Inspector Calls
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