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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

English Department

The principles of effective communication – in reading, writing, speaking and listening – lie at the heart of every aspect of English; our teachers strive to inspire and educate all students in the importance of the subject, not just as part of the curriculum but as a very important life skill for the future.

Courses and options offered in English

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Media Studies

Trips and Visits

Students are, when possible, invited to attend theatre performances of the texts they study in lessons. This extends their knowledge and interpretation of the text, enabling greater insight into the playwrights' methods as well as developing an appreciation of the arts.

GCSE English Language
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentTwo externally set written papers
OverviewThis is a core subject, taught over four lessons, with GCSE English Literature. It develops students’ abilities to communicate effectively in speech and writing, and to listen with understanding. It also enables them to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Units studied

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level English Language or A Level English Literature. It will also enable students to access other courses in the Sixth Form such as A Level Media Studies, A Level Sociology and A Level Psychology.
GCSE English Literature
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentTwo externally set written papers
OverviewThis is a core subject, taught over four lessons, with GCSE English Language. It enables students to explore the world of literature and to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers. Students are given the opportunity to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts, to appreciate the ways in which authors achieve their effects and to develop the skills necessary for literary study. Students are also encouraged to be aware of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences in the study of literature and to construct and convey meaning in speech and writing, matching style to audience and purpose.
Units studied

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (40% of GCSE English Literature)

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60% of GCSE English Literature)

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level English Literature.
GCSE Media Studies
Exam BoardOCR
AssessmentCoursework and exam
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons per week. This exciting course allows you to sample aspects of the media industry. Your studies will allow you to explore the media industry from a range of perspectives – both as a creator and an audience of media. You will explore a wide range of media texts and will have the opportunity to be creative by producing media texts.
Units studied

NEA Component: (Non-examined assessment) (30% of the GCSE)

Paper 1: Textual Analysis (Written Examination) (35% of the GCSE)

Paper 2: Exploring Media (Written Examination) (35% of the GCSE)

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Media Studies.
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