June 9, 2011

English Language

All key stage four students will follow the AQA English Language 8700 and AQA English Literature 8702 routes.

The two courses of English Language and Literature are taught alongside each other and develop the students’ skills in creative reading and writing as well as enhancing their understanding of writers’ viewpoints. and perspectives.

As well as assessment in speaking and listening, students’ achievement will be determined by performance in two final examinations outlined below:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

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

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

 

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What’s assessed

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

Questions

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

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy

ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE UNDERACHIEVING IN THEIR ASSESSMENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND INTERVENTION SESSIONS – identified students will be informed and letters sent home to parents.