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Head of Department: Mrs. H. McDowell

Mrs S. Duke

Mrs. E. A. Knox

GCSE

Pupils will be entered for the GCSE English and English Literature specification offered by CCEA. 

ENGLISH:   40% of marks are allocated to coursework.  (20% for Talking and         Listening, 10% Reading, 10% Writing)
ENGLISH LITERATURE: 30% of marks are allocated to coursework

 

 



This, in effect, means that the pupil’s final GCSE grade is strongly influenced by the quality of his or her coursework which will have been completed long before the written examinations are taken in June.  Pupils are thoroughly prepared for each coursework assignment in class, have access to texts and dictionaries, and are usually given at least one week to produce each piece of coursework.  Therefore, a high standard of content and presentation and accuracy in punctuation, grammar and spelling is expected.  It is possible to produce coursework using a word processor, although at least one assignment must be in the pupil's own handwriting.

It is important to emphasise that GCSE coursework is started at the beginning of Year 11 and is spread over the two years leading up to the GCSE examinations.
Talking and Listening is worth 20% of the final grade in English.  Pupils must realise that it is very important to contribute to class discussion. 

Pupils compile a folder of coursework assignments for English and English Literature.  At around the end of the second term in Year 12, the pupil, in consultation with his or her teacher, selects four pieces of coursework for English, and three for English Literature.  The coursework mark is based on assessment of these pieces.  It is necessary to stress the importance of reading at home.  The suggested texts for classroom study are given below.  It should be noted that CCEA proposes to change gradually these texts on a regular basis as shown in the table.  A text will normally be examined for a minimum of four and a maximum of eight years.

Students must study the following text.

Paper 1:  Section A – The Study of Drama Published after 1914

Students must study the following text:
J. B. Priestley:  An Inspector Calls

Section B:  The Study of Prose Published after 1914

Students must study the following:
Lee:  To Kill a Mockingbird                                               

Section C:  Poetry Published before 1914

Students will be examined on a selection of poems from an anthology supplied by CCEA.

AS and A2 English Literature

If you have decided to take English Literature at this level, you will find it very interesting, but also very hard work!  Year 13 pupils will be divided into two teaching groups.  In order to be successful at this subject, you need to be a genuine lover of reading.  The new specification will involve a close study of two plays – one by Shakespeare and one by a modern dramatist.  The study of the modern dramatist (that is, a dramatist whose work was published after 1900) also requires students to read a second play by the same writer, but close study of this second play is not required.

In addition to this, you will study a novel written between 1800 and 1945, and also selected poems by two poets, written after 1800.

The play by Shakespeare which has been selected is one of his later plays – The Tempest.

The two modern dramas, by Arthur Miller, an American playwright, are Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.  Assessment of drama will be undertaken through coursework:  two pieces are required, each 1.500 words in length.  Because of the very limited time frame for the teaching of these texts, it is planned that the Shakespeare coursework should be completed by Half Term at the end of October, and that the second piece of coursework should be ready for submission at Christmas.

The selected novel is The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald as Fitzgerald, is, like the selected dramatist, American. This text is assessed under examination conditions and it forms the second section of a two hour examination

The first section of the examination will focus on the study of two poets:  E. Thomas and Robert Frost.

In addition to a love of reading, an important feature of the study of this subject is a willingness to work independently.  Because of the increased emphasis on coursework, pupils will be expected to manage their time effectively, handing in first drafts and completed coursework by the agreed deadlines.

 

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