Key Stage 4 - English (Yrs 10 & 11)

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils take GCSE English, with most also entered for GCSE English Literature. Pupils are assessed through a combination of both written and oral coursework, in the form of controlled assessments, together with final examinations. Both courses are provided by OCR and full syllabus can be found at www.ocr.org.uk

 

Students who only study GCSE English
Unit Details Method of Assessment Weighting
Reading Literacy Texts Students study Shakespeare, poetry and prose. Three Controlled Assessment Tasks   20%
Imaginative Writing Students develop their own writing skills to suit form, purpose and audience. Two Controlled Assessment Tasks   20%
Speaking and Listening Students develop their speaking and listening skills, in three dimensions: presentation, group discussion and drama based activity. Three Controlled Assessment Tasks  20%
Information and ideas Students respond to media and non-fiction text and then go on to create their own pieces of writing. One examination 40%

 

Students who study GCSE English and GCSE English Literature   
Unit

Details                                                        

Method of Assessment Weighting
English Language   
Extended literacy text and Imaginative writing Students study a prescribed text.  They also complete two pieces of writing from a choice of personal and imaginative tasks, or prose fiction. Two Controlled Assessment Tasks 30%
Speaking, Listening and Spoken Language Students develop their speaking and listening skills, in three dimensions; presentation, group discussions and drama based activity.  They also respond to the use of spoken language in different contexts. Three Controlled Assessment Tasks (Speaking and Listening) and one essay-based Controlled Assessment Task (Spoken Language) 30%
Information and Ideas Students respond to media and non-fiction text and then go on to create their own piece of writing. One examination 40%
English Literature
Literacy heritage texts Students study a Shakespeare play and consider how it is adapted in a film version.  They also study poetry from the Literacy Heritage bank. Two Controlled Assessment Tasks 25%
Modern Drama Students study a modern drama text. One examination 25%
Prose from different cultures Students study a prose text from another culture. One examination 25%
Literacy heritage prose and Contemporary Poetry Students study a prose text and prepare for poetry from a named poet or the unseen task. One examination 25%