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					                                                              Type               GSCE

English GCSE                                                  Level                2


                                                                               60% exam
                                                           Assessment        40% coursework


                                                         Awarding body            AQA




       Entry Requirements

       Usually a grade D in GCSE English. (For students with a lower GCSE English grade, an al
       Communication Skills course is offered.)


       About the subject

       This course is mainly for students who just missed out on a grade C in GCSE English the l
       it. The course is likely to be broadly similar to the GCSE you took before, but it
       may be with a different examining board and you’ll finish the course in one year
       instead of two. (It may be possible to re-sit the exam earlier – in November – but
       most students wait until the following summer.)

       For coursework you complete an original writing piece, and pieces on literary texts
       (including Shakespeare) and the mass media. There are also three assessed
       Speaking and Listening activities. In the exam you’ll do two extended pieces of
       writing, and answer questions on non-fiction/media texts and on a poetry anthology.


       The course available in college is GCSE Level: English (AQA)



        Assessment         Name               Type of             Date of    Weighting
           Unit                             Assessment             Exam
              1                        Written exam (1hr              June      30%
                           Paper 1          45mins)
              2            Paper 2     Written exam (1hr              June      30%
                                            30mins)
              3         Coursework       Speaking and              Sept -       40%
                                        Listening (20%)           February
                                            Reading
                                      assignments (10%)
                                      Writing assignments
                                             (10%)




                               Birkenhead Sixth Form College
                           Park Road West    Claughton   Prenton Wirral
                           Tel: 0151 652 5575 Fax: 0151 653 4419
                           www.bsfc.ac.uk englishdept@bsfc.ac.uk
                                                                        Type            AS
English
Subject GCSE                                                            Level
at BSFC                                                              Assessment

AS LEVEL                                                          Awarding body




              Paper 1

           Paper 1 has two sections, each worth 15% of the total GCSE mark. In Section A
           you answer questions on non-fiction/media texts. In Section B there is a choice of
           questions testing your ability to use writing to argue, persuade or advise.


              Paper 2
           This also has two sections, each of which is again worth 15% of the total mark. In
           Section A you answer questions on an anthology of poetry that you will have
           studied during the course. In Section B there is a choice of questions testing your
           ability to use writing to inform, explain or describe.



              Coursework
           This is in two parts, each worth 20% of the total GCSE mark. For the first part you
           undertake three assessed Speaking and Listening activities, including for example
           group discussion and role play. For the second part you produce an original writing
           piece, an analytical media piece (based for example on a film you have studied)
           and responses to two literary texts (including Shakespeare).




           What next?

           GCSE English is an important qualification, increasing your opportunities for
           further study or employment. It may for example help you to progress to an
           AS/A2 course, gain a university place or secure a job which requires you to
           have GCSE English.




                                    Birkenhead Sixth Form College
                                Park Road West   Claughton   Prenton Wirral
                               Tel: 0151 652 5575 Fax: 0151 653 4419
                               www.bsfc.ac.uk englishdept@bsfc.ac.uk
                            www.bsfc.ac.uk email@bsfc.ac.uk

				
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