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English Language and Literature

Time Allocation: Students study English for four 1 hour lessons a week throughout Key Stage 4.

Exam Board: Edexcel

GCSE English Language

Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th Century novel.

20%

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

20%

Non-fiction and Transactional Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.

30%

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

30%

GCSE English Literature

Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature

Section A – Shakespeare: a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines. The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.

50%

Section B – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question.

50%

19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789

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.

50%

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.

50%

 

 

Schedule of teaching:

 

10

Autumn 1

19th Century non-fiction reading and creative writing

Autumn 2

British play or novel

Spring 1

Poetry

Spring 2

Shakespeare

Summer 1

Non-fiction reading

Summer 2

Non-fiction writing

11

Autumn 1

19th Century novel

(including practice for English Language Fiction and Imaginative Writing)

Autumn 2

Non-fiction reading and writing

Spring 1

Shakespeare revision

Poetry revision

Spring 2

British play or novel revision

Poetry revision

Summer 1

General revision