Manor Academy

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Y9 - Y11 English



Weblink to exam specification

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

Language 8700

Literature 8702

Overview

There have been major changes to English GCSEs this year. Students will study for two separate qualifications (Language and Literature), covering a very wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, a novel, a play and a selection of poetry.

Coursework no longer counts towards the final grades, these will all be achieved in final exams: 2 in Language and 2 in Literature.

Speaking and Listening skills will be taught and formally assessed, and while this element will not count towards the actual GCSE grade, it will appear as a separate grade on award certificates.

Units studied and a brief description of their content

19th Century Novel. Students will read A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, in the final half term of Y9. This will be re-visited later, for English Lit exam.

Explorations in Creative Reading. We study a wide range of extracts from literary texts, answering practice exam questions on these.

Creative Writing.

- Poetry Anthology. 15 poems to be analysed &compared for Eng Lit exam.

- Unseen Poetry. Using skills learned in previous unit, to approach a short, previously unseen poem, in the style required by Eng Lit exam.

- Viewpoints and Perspectives, in which students will analyse and compare a range of non-fiction texts from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries

- An Inspector Calls. JB Priestley's play

- Shakespeare's Macbeth Assessment

- All students will sit both Language andLiterature exams. There are 2 papers foreach, ranging from 90 to 135 minutes each.

- During the course, students will be given many opportunities to practice the style and format of the questions for each exam.

- Homework will be given regularly, based on the unit studied in the previous half-term.

Assessment

All students will sit both Language and Literature exams. There are 2 papers for each, ranging from 90 to 135 minutes each.

- During the course, students will be given many opportunities to practice the style and format of the questions for each exam.

- Homework will be given regularly, based on the unit studied in the previous half-term.

Other useful information

GCSE English is the first qualification asked for by FE providers and employers. The government has made this, along with Mathematics, the top priority for all schools and all students. Those students who do not achieve the Government's "target" grade, level 5, may be required to continue studying English alongside whatever course they wish to follow at VI Form or College.