KS4 English Study

During years 10 and 11, all pupils follow an English course studying both English language and English literature.  Every pupil in our school (and, indeed, nationally) has to sit both a language and a literature exam.

We follow the Edexcel English language and English literature specification which culminates in four exams, two for each subject. Studying GCSE skills and texts begins explicitly in year 9; however, key GCSE skills, text styles (such as 19th century novels); and GCSE style assessments are woven throughout our KS3 curriculum

English Language – Paper 1

Fiction and Imaginative Writing

40% of the total GCSE

 

Overview of course content

● Study selections from a range of prose fiction.

● Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts.

● Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.

● Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

 

Overview of assessment

● Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.

● Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a

                         theme to the reading extract.

● The total number of marks available is 64.

● Assessment duration 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

English Language – Paper 2

Non-fiction and Transactional Writing 

60% of the total GCSE

 

Overview of course content

● Study a range of 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary

    non-fiction).

● Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts.

● Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and

    audiences.

● Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Overview of assessment

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

    extracts.

● Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a

    theme to the reading extracts.

● The total number of marks available is 96.

● Assessment duration: 2 hours.

 

English Literature – Paper 1

Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature  

50% of the total GCSE

 

Overview of content

● Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel.

  • We study Macbeth and An Inspector Calls.

● Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of

    texts can create meanings and effects.

● Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

 

Overview of assessment

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.

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

● The total number of marks available is 80.

● Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

● Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).

 

English Literature – Paper 2

19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789  

50% of the total GCSE
 

Overview of course content

● Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson

   Poetry Anthology.

● Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of

    texts can create meanings and effects.

● Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

● Develop comparison skills.
 

Overview of assessment

● Section A – 19th-century novel: ONE extract question and ONE essay question,

    exploring the whole text. The extract is approximately 400 words.

● Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson

   Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from the anthology. The named

   poem will be shown in the question paper. (The other has to be remembered!)

   Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

● The total number of marks available is 80.

● Assessment duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes.

● Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).