GCSE English

EDEXCEL                                                                                                                                                                                                  CORE SUBJECT

INTRODUCTION

Students follow a joint course in both English Language and English Literature which develops skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and encourages wider reading and student creativity. Assessment is by coursework and external examination assessment.

All students are expected to be entered for both GCSEs although some students may be entered for English Language only. Some students whose first language is not English might not be sufficiently fluent to be successful in the GCSE examination and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department will offer alternative assessments that will meet university entrance requirements

English Language

2 hour 15 minute examination worth 60% of the total IGCSE:

This course will help students:

· Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects

· Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives

· Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences

· Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Coursework worth 40% of the total IGCSE:

Students will also write a folder of coursework which will include:

· An analysis of 2 texts from an anthology of short stories and poetry.
(Total: 30 marks, 20%)

· A piece of  non-fiction or  creative writing. (Total: 30 marks 20%)

Spoken Language Endorsement:

Students will also receive an ‘extra’, bonus qualification which is an endorsement of their ability to speak and express themselves to others in a formal, public setting. It will also test their ability to listen to others and respond perceptively.

English Literature

2 hour examination worth 60% of the total IGCSE:

This course will help students:

· Develop skills to analyse unseen poetry

· Develop skills to analyse how language, form, structure and contextual factors can be used to create meanings and effects

· Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response

· Develop comparison skills.

Coursework worth 40% of the total IGCSE:

Students will also write a folder of coursework which will include:

· An analytical response to a modern drama. Students will study either An Inspector Calls or A View from the Bridge and write one essay of 1,000 words.        
(Total: 30 marks, 20%)

· Students will study a text from the literary heritage; this will most likely be a Shakespeare play. They will write an analytical essay response which will also consider the social, cultural and historical context of the time in which the text was written.     
(Total: 30 marks, 20%)

BEYOND GCSE

As well as providing crucial skills in communication, many students go on to study English Literature at A level.
This qualification is valued in all higher education institutions and will also further enthusiasm and enjoyment of the written word.