Qualification: English

At Digitech, All students study both English Language and English Literature GCSE.  We follow the AQA course, which encourages a broad study of a number of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th , 20th and 21st centuries.  The course focuses on looking at the writer’s craft, and the effects that they aim to have with their writing, and through this, aims to support students to achieve these key skills:

  • Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

The course encourages students to consider the context of the texts that they study, and to use all of their skills to write successfully and accurately for themselves.

Assessment of English Language GCSE

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing  The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text and inspire them to write creatively. Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives  The aim of this paper is to develop students’ insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives
Section A: Reading

one literature fiction text  Section B: Writing

descriptive or narrative writing

Section A: Reading

one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text Section B: Writing  writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 

80 marks 

50% of GCSE

Assessed

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

 

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

 

For English Literature, the course encourages students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through knowledge of the best that has been thought and written, students have a chance to develop culturally. We aim to encourage students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

The course encourages students to:

  • Read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • Read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • Appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • Write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • Acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
What’s assessed

Shakespeare plays

The 19thcentury novel

What’s assessed

Modern prose or drama texts

The poetry anthology

Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

64 marks

40% of GCSE

How it’s assessed written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes

96 marks

60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and

answer one question on their novel of choice. They will one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. be required to write in detail about an extract from the Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.     question on one unseen poem and one question

comparing this poem with a second unseen poem