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Year 11

Year 10/11

In Years 10 and 11 we study separate English Language and English Literature qualifications.

These are taken with the Cambridge and Edexcel board.

English Language:

The opportunity is given for students to study the way language is used for effect in texts. The ability to summarise a text and break it down into its important parts is also studied. In this course students are asked to read for meaning and expected to break down a text using skills of inference and deduction.

Part of the course includes a coursework portfolio where students are asked to create 3 pieces of writing that are crafted for a certain purpose and audience. The pieces have the following titles:

·         Writing in response  (argue)

·         Writing to inform

·         Writing to describe

Speaking and Listening is an integral part of the course and students are also tested on their ability to speak about a chosen topic for 5 minutes and then be questioned on that topic for a further 5 minutes. This enables our students to become clear and confident speakers who can present themselves in a formal setting with success.


English Literature:

This GCSE focuses on reading set texts and being able to create analytical pieces of writing about them.  There is no coursework element for this qualification.

English Literature is based solely on examination and has 4 main components:

Paper 1:

·         Drama (a play is studied and then an essay question on theme or character is produced. Set plays include: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller)

·         Prose (a set text is studied that challenges the reader to answer on either a set theme or character. Set texts include: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Paper 2:

·         Unseen texts (students are given a poem and an extract from a story and are asked to comment on the poet’s/writer’s use of language and description)

·         Poetry (students study a set anthology of 12 poems and are asked to produce an essay analysing the poems. Poems include If by Rudyard Kipling and The Tyger by William Blake)