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English Only

 

Certain students will follow GCSE English Only to allow them more time to get this vital qualification. The full specification can be downloaded from www.aqa.org.uk under ‘Qualifications’ and then ‘English ’.  Basic information about the course is below.

 


The Course

 

The course takes two years to complete and will result in a GCSE in English, a requirement for all colleges and apprenticeships.
Students are “set” according to ability.

 

 


Coursework

 

Coursework is now known as ‘Controlled Assessment’ and will make up 40% of the course. This will form five pieces of Controlled Assessment covering a range of reading and writing tasks.

Controlled Assessment is completed at various stages throughout the year. Tasks are set externally by AQA each April and assessed by the school throughout.

Students may re-sit pieces of Controlled Assessment if they wish to improve their grades. They may only do this once.

Coursework for English is based on set texts such as ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, war poetry by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”.

 


Exam

  • There is one exam in English which accounts for 60% of the course.
  • The exam for English will focus on Non-Fiction written and analytical skills, as well as creative writing ability.
  • The exam is two hours and 15 minutes long.
  • Students can purchase revision guides from the school or from CGP Books Company externally. 

 

 

English at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Students will cover a range of topics throughout the year, including the key topics of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Shakespeare, speaking & listening and writing skills.  The class teacher will decide specifically on the texts used in order to cover the key topics. Each topic is also designed to cover a range of specific skills.

 

Assessments:

 

Students will complete a range of reading, writing and speaking & listening tasks throughout the year and will also sit a reading and writing skills examination. Overall students will be formally assessed at least 9 times throughout the year.

 

Key dates:

 

Assessments will take place regularly throughout the year, but not at specific times as it depends on the class. The examination will take place in the summer term.

 

Revision resources

 

 

Class teachers will distribute revision materials as appropriate to the class. Further revision materials are available on the ‘BBC Bitesize’ website under the ‘English’ section.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

It is very important that, in order to progress in English, students are reading a wide range of texts regularly. It is recommended that a student reads independently for at least 20 minutes a day. The school library is open every day for borrowing books.

 

 

 


English at Key Stage 3 Year 8

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Students will cover a range of topics throughout the year, including the key topics of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Shakespeare, speaking & listening and writing skills.  The class teacher will decide specifically on the texts used in order to cover the key topics. Each topic is also designed to cover a range of specific skills.

 

Assessments:

 

Students will complete a range of reading, writing and speaking & listening tasks throughout the year and will also sit a reading and writing skills examination. Overall students will be formally assessed at least 9 times throughout the year.

 

Key dates:

 

Assessments will take place regularly throughout the year, but not at specific times as it depends on the class. The examination will take place in the summer term.

 

Revision resources

 

Class teachers will distribute revision materials as appropriate to the class. Further revision materials are available on the ‘BBC Bitesize’ website under the ‘English’ section.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

It is very important that, in order to progress in English, students are reading a wide range of texts regularly. It is recommended that a student reads independently for at least 20 minutes a day. The school library is open every day for borrowing books.


 

English at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Students will cover a range of topics throughout the year, including the key topics of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Shakespeare, speaking & listening and writing skills.  The class teacher will decide specifically on the texts used in order to cover the key topics. Each topic is also designed to cover a range of specific skills.

 

Assessments:

 

Students will complete a range of reading, writing and speaking & listening tasks throughout the year and will also sit a reading and writing skills examination. Overall students will be formally assessed at least 9 times throughout the year.

 

Key dates:

 

Assessments will take place regularly throughout the year, but not at specific times as it depends on the class. The examination will take place in the spring term.

 

Revision resources

 

Class teachers will distribute revision materials as appropriate to the class. Further revision materials are available on the ‘BBC Bitesize’ website under the ‘English’ section.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

It is very important that, in order to progress in English, students are reading a wide range of texts regularly. It is recommended that a student reads independently for at least 20 minutes a day. The school library is open every day for borrowing books.

 

 

If you would like further information please contact Mr Moston or email b.moston@endon.staffs.sch.uk

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