English Literature and Language GCSE

Course Content

Are you the next J.K Rowling or Suzanne Collins? The stories we study in English delve into the depths of human experience and ask questions such as what motivates us? What touches us? What inspires us? In English Literature and English Language, students will study a wide range of inspirational texts including poetry, prose, non-fiction and drama from the 19th century to the present day. Students will also be encouraged to explore and extend their imaginative and analytical skills through creative writing.

Assessment Procedure

Please note that under new government regulations all assessment in English is now 100% final exam.

English Literature
Paper 1 : Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (40%)
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60%)

English Language
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

Spoken Language Assessment

Opportunities at CEC and beyond

Students will be entered for both English Language and English Literature and receive two separate qualifications at the end of Year 11, the higher mark of which will contribute to the English and Maths requirement for A Levels, apprenticeships and other pathways for higher education. The other course at a C or above will count towards the new Progress 8 measure. The continuous focus on reading for meaning and the challenge of becoming a strong writer are excellent preparation not only for English at A Level, but also for Philosophy, History, Psychology, Religious Studies and a range of other subjects, as well as a chance to improve communication skills for success in the work force.

Complimentary Subjects

History, Social and Religious Studies and Psychology