As part of the English Baccalaureate programme of study, this subject is compulsory for all pupils.
What will I learn?
English GCSE will encourage you to read a greater range of challenging literature and non-fiction texts.
• Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel
• Modern texts and poetry
• Explorations in creative reading and writing
• Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
• Non-exam assessment.
How will I be assessed?
All assessments are closed book, end of course exams. Two papers will be sat, one focusing on Shakespeare and 19th Century Literature; the other focusing on the modern text and poetry.
All texts in the examination will be unseen. The two examinations focus on the ability to read and interpret a variety of texts as well as writing for a range of audiences and purposes
Are there any entry requirements?
No, although reading a wide variety of texts will benefit the study of a wide range of materials.
Where could it lead?
A-Levels in English Language and Literature and further university study. Studying GCSE English Literature and Language will also lead to a wide variety of careers including journalism, creative writing, teaching, editing, copywriting, social work, public
relations, charity work and publishing.
What would complement this course?
GCSE Latin, Drama.
Do you have a question about this course? Email the Head of Department