Mr Long
Joint Head of English

Mr Foster
Joint Head of English
and Media Teacher

Mr Mitchell
English Teacher

Miss Stonehouse
English and Media Teacher

Mr Fedrick
English Teacher

Mr Stevens
English Teacher

Miss van Duijvenvoorde
English Teacher

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and WritingPaper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
What’s assessed

Section A: Reading
· one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing
· descriptive or narrative writing
What’s assessed

Section A: Reading
· one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing
writing to present a viewpoint
How it’s assessed

· written exam:1 hour 45 minutes
· 80 marks
· 50% of GCSE
How it’s assessed

· written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
· 80 marks
· 50% of GCSE
Questions

Reading (40 marks – 25%) one text
· 1 short form question (4 marks)
· 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
· 1 extended question (20 marks)

Writing (40 marks – 25%)
· 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Questions

Reading (40 marks – 25%) two linked texts
· 1 short form question (4 marks)
· 2 longer form questions (1 x 8 marks, 1 x 12 marks)
· 1 extended question (16 marks)

Writing (40 marks – 25%)
· 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

and also

Spoken Language Assessment
What’s assessed
· presenting
· responding to questions and feedback use of Standard English
How it’s assessed
· teacher set throughout course
· marked by teacher separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

All assessments are closed book: that means no texts are allowed into the examination: any extracts required will be provided as part of the examination.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
What’s assessed

· A Shakespeare play
Macbeth/ Romeo&Juliet/
The Tempest/Much ado about nothing
· A 19th century novel
A Christmas Carol/Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
How it’s assessed

· written exam:1 hour 45 minutes
· 64 marks
· 40% of GCSE
Questions

Section A: Shakespeare
Students will answer one question on a Shakespeare play. They will be required to
1. write in detail about an extract from the play
2. write about the play as a whole.

Section B: the 19th century novel
Students will answer one question on a 19th century novel. They will be required to
1. write in detail about an extract from the novel
2. write about the novel as a whole.
PLUS
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
What’s assessed

· Modern prose or drama texts
An Inspector Calls/Lord of The Flies
· The poetry anthology – 15 poems from18th and 21st C
· Unseen poetry
How it’s assessed

· written exam:2 hours 15 minutes
· 96 marks
· 60% of GCSE
Questions

Section A: Modern Texts
Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on the text studied – either modern prose or drama text.

Section B: Poetry
Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the exam paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster

Section C: Unseen poetry
Students will answer one question on one unseen poem AND one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

 

Media

Media Studies is a subject not just for the here and now, but very much for the future. It is often said that the career paths our students will end up taking haven’t even been invented yet, and Media Studies allows us to take a peek at what might soon be a reality. Studying a vast range of media will develop students’ ability to analyse, compare and evaluate, as well as encourage creativity and originality.

Specification at a glance

Unit 1:
Investigating the media
Weighting towards GCSE
90 minute exam40%
Unit 2:
Understanding the media
Controlled assessment 120%
Controlled assessment 220%
Controlled assessment 320%

 

Overview of Year 10

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Half term
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Half term
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Half term
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Half term
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Half term
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Introduction to Media; including language and key conceptsAssessment 1: Advertising & Marketing; analysing and creatingResearch website and online platformsAssessment
2: Create a website
Research moving imagesAssessment
3: Devise and produce a film trailer

 

Assessments

Students will be expected to complete three controlled assessments under supervision. Each assessment is worth 20% of their final GCSE grade (totalling 60%), thus standing the students in good stead going into their exam. To complete the qualification, students will undertake a 90 minute exam in the summer of Year 11; this written exam is worth 40% of their final grade.