English Language & Literature
Head of Department: Mrs N Solomou
English is the most commonly-quoted qualification for jobs, courses and promoted posts in the country. It is a core subject that above all, prepares you for clear written and spoken communication, which is considered to be a crucial skill in the competitive workplace today.
What will I study
- Analyse how writers use language to engage readers.
- Analyse structural features.
- Evaluate texts critically and judiciously.
- Summarise pairs of texts.
- Compare texts: literary non-fiction.
- Write to argue, persuade, advise.
- Write using a stimulus.
- Write to describe and narrative writing.
- Write to inform and explain.
- 19th century text: A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
- Aspects of tragedy: Macbeth William Shakespeare.
- 20th Century text: An Inspector Calls – J. B. Priestley.
- Unseen poetry across genres; singular and comparatively.
- Poetry of conflict and power: comparatively.
How will I be assessed
Students will take 2 written exams at the end of the two year GCSE course.
Paper 1 Language: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Paper 2 Language: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives
Paper 1 Literature: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
Paper 2 Literature: Modern Texts and Poetry
Anything else I need to know
English requires you to: Develop the habit of reading widely and often: fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction. Write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading using Standard English. Acquire and use a wide range of vocabulary Use grammar correctly. Listen and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively. Develop analytic and evaluative skills to critically explore a text.
English is a highly respected academic field and ideal for students hoping to apply to university. It is also a highly regarded qualification in the view of prospective employers.