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English and English Literature

 

Examination Board: AQA

Course: English Specification 4700 (English);
                                                 4705 (English Language); 
                                                 4710 (English Literature)

Members of Department:  

    Mrs J. Farrow, Head of English
    Mrs R. Cane, Second in English
    Miss E Stebbings 

    Mr S Trevorrow
    Mrs S Watson
    Mrs G Wilkinson
    Mrs C Witts
 

KEY STAGE 3

In each year group there are a number of compulsory CORE UNITS which cover much of the ‘Framework’ provided by the DfES. The content of these units may be changed or adapted as long as the areas of the ‘Framework’ designated in that unit are being covered. A number of non-core units whose content is decided by the teacher will also be taught during each KS3 year.

These CORE UNITS are:

Year 7

  • Beginnings: autobiographical writingNovel – Different cultures reading
  • Speaking And Listening (May be included as part of another unit, but must be assessed separately)
  • Poetry

Year 8

  • Campaign/Writing to persuade, argue and advise
  • Narrative/Writing to imagine, explore and entertain
  • Media and the moving image
  • Speaking And Listening (May be included as part of another unit, but must be assessed separately)

Year 9 

      • Recount/Inform/Advise/Explain/Analyse/Review [Animal Farm]
      • Discursive Writing
      • Shakespeare
      • Poetry and Language of The First World War
These CORE UNITS may be taught in any order within the year, except for ‘Beginnings’ in Year 7, which is the introductory course for the whole year group and Recount/Inform/Advise/Explain/Analyse/Review which is the opening unit in Year 9 and is always taught in conjunction with Animal Farm.

 

KEY STAGE 4

Students will study either English Language and Literature jointly (2 GCSEs) or a single GCSE in English. Either specification permits access to the full range of GCSE grades. The content of study for each group is as follows:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE (CORE)
Higher and intermediate groups

ENGLISH LITERATURE
Higher and intermediate groups

External examination                    60%
Understanding and producing non-fiction texts
(30% Reading; 30% Writing)

External examination                    40%
Exploring modern texts
(Modern prose/Drama 20% / Exploring Cultures 20%)

Speaking and Listening                 0%
 (3 controlled assessment activities)

External examination                    35%
Poetry                     

Understanding spoken and written texts
and writing creatively                    40%

(3 controlled assessment tasks)

Shakespeare                                  25%
(Controlled assessment)

 

ENGLISH (CORE)
Foundation groups

External examination                               60%
Understanding and producing non-fiction texts    (30% Reading; 30% Writing)

Speaking and Listening                          0%
(3 controlled assessment activities)

Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively                       40%
(3 controlled assessment tasks)

All school-assessed units must be completed under controlled conditions, ie they must be wholly written in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher. This is now mandatory practice in all schools in England . After a period of close study and thorough preparation the student will be required to produce a written response over approximately 3-4 hours.