GCSE English Language follows the WJEC Eduqas (9 – 1) specification, and is taught over five lessons a week in Year 11. It is assessed through 2 final exams, Component A is 1 hour 45 minutes (40% of qualification) and Component B is 2 hours (60% of qualification). There is also a Spoken Language assessment, and although this does not contribute to the final grade, it will be reported as part of the qualification.

GCSE English Language enables learners to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge andIn addition, it enables learners to:
  • understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.Exam topics are: 20th Century Reading Study, Creative Prose Writing, 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading Study and Transactional and Persuasive Writing.Students will study a Shakespeare play, poems from the WJEC anthology, Post 1914 Prose and Drama and Unseen Poetry. Texts we study at QE include: Romeo & Juliet; Macbeth; The Merchant of Venice; Blood Brothers;  An Inspector Calls; A Christmas Carol; The Woman in Black and War of the Worlds. Please contact your child’s English teacher should you wish to confirm which of these texts your child’s class is studying. The exam board also provides a Poetry Anthology for each student containing all the poems which need to be studied for the course.
  • This GCSE in English literature enables students to:
  • GCSE English Literature follows the WJEC Eduqas (9 – 1) specification, taught from Spring Term in Year 9 and throughout Year 10 over six lessons a week. It is assessed through 2 final exams at the end of Year 10, Component A is 2 hours (40% of qualification) and Component B is 2 hours 30 minutes (60% of qualification). The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in English literature encourages learners to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. It provides learners with opportunities to read widely for pleasure across a range of high quality texts in the genres of prose, poetry and drama and to develop an understanding of how literature is both rich and influential. It enables learners to make connections across their reading and develop a clear understanding of literary works and also prepares them for the study of literature at a higher level.
  • 20% of the marks for the written exams which will be allocated to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. The final exams are untiered and there is no coursework.
  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

We strongly advise our students to purchase the GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature revision guides which are invaluable in supporting your child with exam preparation. Contact your child’s English teacher should you require further details.

Your child’s work is marked using DIRT targets, see below. You will see the target written next to your child’s work, eg., T22. All students have copies of the targets on their desks. They can quickly and easily find what the target is, write it into their book with its associated task, and make improvements to their work.

In this way, teacher feedback is targeted and personalised to help every student move forward. Sometimes DIRT will be set for homework, or it will be allocated dedicated time to be completed in the classroom.

DIRT TARGETS (Dedicated Improvement & Reflection Time)

Access Dirt Targets here

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