English Literature is taught as part of our single integrated course with English Language. Assessment will be through written examination.
Students will follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE specification. They are taught in form groups.
Year 9 marks a transition to focus on the skills of literary analysis and formal essay writing necessary for Key Stage 4. Building on students’ enthusiasm and experience we extend the difficulty of the texts studied whilst maintaining creativity and intellectual stimulation. We are keen to extend the range and ambition of our students’ reading. The areas studied will include:
Assessment will mirror the GCSE 100% Examination.
In Years 10 to 11
Paper 1 Shakespeare Play and Post-1914 Literature 50%
I hour 45 minutes Closed book
Paper 2 19th Century novel and poetry collection from Pearson Anthology
2 hours 15 minutes Closed book
Section A – 19th Century novel: a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.
Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.
Full details of the GCSE English Literature course can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html
Miss A. Wilkie (Head of English)