GCSE

GCSE English Language

 

English Language is assessed through four Units:

 

Unit 1: Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts

External examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20%

This examination may be taken at the end of Year 11.

Students will be asked to write an account of a personal experience to assess their writing skills.

They will read two pieces of text – e.g advertising brochures and write about how they have been presented and expressed.

 

Unit 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction

External examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20%

This examination will be taken at the end of Year 12.

Students will be asked to write an essay which discusses an issue – e.g. charity and poverty.

They will read a piece of non-fiction – e.g. a newspaper article and answer a question about how it has been written.

 

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening

This is part of controlled assessment, with guidance provided from the examining board about the tasks. There will be three assessments worth 20% in total, spread out through the two year course. The three assessments will be an individual contribution, a group task and a drama/role play activity.

 

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment 40%

The examining board sets the tasks each year and teachers supervise the students for a specified period of time. Work may not be taken out of the classroom and students do not have access to dictionaries, the internet, etc.

 

Task 1 (10%) – The Study of Spoken Language – e.g. interviews.

Task 2 (15%) – The Study of a Literary Text – this will be linked to the choice of texts for English Literature.

Task 3 (15%) – Writing Creatively – producing a piece of writing using an appropriate format.

 

Career Opportunities: There are very few jobs for which a Grade C or above in English Language is not a requirement. This is also an essential qualification for entry to any course at third level.

 

 

 

GCSE English Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Literature is also a compulsory GCSE at Foyle College.

It is assessed through three Units:

 

Unit 1: The Study of Prose

External examination: 1 hour 25%

 

Students study one novel from a set list and answer a question based on it. This examination may be taken at the end of Year 11.

 

 

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry

External examination: 2 hours 50%

 

Students study a play and answer a question based on it.

They also study an anthology of poetry based on a theme and answer a question on this. The final section of the paper requires students to respond to one unseen poem.

 

 

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts

Controlled Assessment: 25%

 

The examining board sets the tasks each year and teachers supervise the students for a specified period of time. Work may not be taken out of the classroom and students may have access to dictionaries and unannotated copies of the texts they have prepared.

 

Students prepare two texts, usually a Shakespeare play and a novel. They then have two and a half hours to complete two tasks e.g.

 

(a) Discuss the presentation of women in a Shakespeare play which has been studied.

 

(b) Discuss the presentation of women in a prose text which has been studied.

Compare this with the Shakespearean presentation of women.

 

 

English Literature is the subject that leads on to the study of English Literature at AS and A2. Students would normally be expected to have obtained a Grade B or higher in order to gain entrance to AS