St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Mrs J Williams 




GCSE in English Language  / GCSE in English Literature

Programme of study

English Language: You will develop skills in Reading and Writing, studying literary and non-literary texts from the 19th Century through to the 21st Century. You will be required to show that you can write for a variety of different audiences and purposes. You will also be assessed orally through speaking and listening, exploring the features of spoken language. You will be required to complete one formal presentation or speech. 

English Literature: You will study Shakespeare, pre-and-post 1914 prose and drama as well as a range of poetry from 1789 to the present day. 

How is the course structured? 

In Year 10, you will develop the key skills needed for your English Language examination as you begin to study some of your English Literature set texts. You will look at a range of 19th – 21st Century fiction and non-fiction texts and show that you can write with technical accuracy. 

You will practise creative writing as well as transactional writing. 

In Year 11, you will continue to develop your GCSE English Language skills but you will also study your remaining English Literature set texts. 

How will my work be assessed? 

There are two main ways that your work is assessed: 

a) Externally – Both courses are linear and you take all external examinations in both GCSE English and GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11. 

b) Internally – English teachers provide diagnostic feedback throughout the course. 

Staff also assess and mark speaking and listening performance.

What can these qualifications lead to? 

English GCSE at grade 4+ is essential for progression post - 16. It allows you to access Level 3 courses and apprenticeships.