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					                                 New GCSE English Language

Taught alongside GCSE English Literature, students will benefit from the skills-based
approach and should enjoy the flexibility of the new AQA GCSE English Language
specifications.

Students will use investigative and analytical approaches to demonstrate their ability when
using English Language in different contexts. They'll also benefit from engaging content such
as spoken language study and creative writing along with offering the option of choosing either
a linear or modular course structure.

Students entering GCSE Language must also enter GCSE English Literature, at Key Stage 4.

These new specifications will enable students to reach their full potential.

Course outline

Students apply and develop skills across units including:

o      Learning to read texts actively and critically
o      Employing close reading skills to retrieve information
o      Making inferences and giving informed comments on language in use
o      Producing texts that are fit for purpose and audience

Common units with GCSE English

The specification offers flexibility as Unit 1 – Understanding and producing non- fiction texts
and Unit 2 – Speaking and listening are both common to GCSE English and GCSE English
Language. This enables us to make entry decisions for candidates later in the course.

Assessment

o      Unit 1: Written paper: Understanding and producing non- fiction texts – 40% of
    assessment
o      Unit 2: Controlled Assessment: Speaking and listening - 20% of assessment
o      Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: Understanding spoken and written texts and writing
    creatively - 40% of assessment

Written papers now include greater differentiation, with the Foundation Tier containing more
structured questions whilst the Higher Tier will allow students to demonstrate their
knowledge.

The Controlled Assessment tasks have been designed to elicit fresh responses from
candidates and offer flexibility.
                                     New GCSE English Literature

Taught alongside GCSE English Language, students will benefit from the skills-based approach and
should enjoy the flexibility of the new AQA GCSE English Language specifications.

Students can explore texts from a personal perspective and the specification covers:

o       Literature today – contemporary and modern texts (post 1945)
o       Literature globally – reference to universality as well as 'difference'
o       The Literary Heritage – timeless and significant English, Welsh or Irish texts

There is the option of choosing either a linear or unitised course structure.

Students entering GCSE Literature must also enter GCSE English Language.

Course outline

Free resources -AQA have created a comprehensive Anthology to support the specification containing
two collections of short stories (modern and cultural exploration), as well as poems in four thematic
clusters:

o       Characters and voices
o       Place
o       Conflict
o       Relationships

AQA have also been working in partnership with Teachit to develop a truly innovative Interactive
Anthology containing many tools and resources.

Assessment

o      Poetry assessed via a written paper and Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage assessed via
    Controlled Assessment.
    o          Unit 1: Written paper: Exploring modern texts – 40% of assessment
    o          Unit 2: Written paper: Poetry across time - 35% of assessment
    o          Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: The significance of Shakespeare and the English
       Literary Heritage – 25% of assessment

Written papers include greater differentiation, with the Foundation Tier containing more structured
questions whilst the Higher Tier will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge.

The Controlled Assessment tasks have been designed to elicit fresh responses from candidates and
offer flexibility.

Assessment is available in January and June.

Any text used for GCSE English Literature may also be used for the Reading Controlled Assessment in
English Language (Unit 3) but candidates must submit a different task for each.
                                            New GCSE English

The AQA GCSE English specification is a combined course that offers a range of language and
literature topics. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use English in different contexts
and will benefit from the skills-based approach. Content will engage students and offers the flexibility
of either a linear or unitised course structure.

Course outline:

Students apply and develop skills across units including:

o       Learning to read texts actively and critically
o       Employing close reading skills to retrieve information
o       Making inferences and commenting
o       Making inferences and giving informed comments on language in use
o       Producing texts that are fit for purpose and audience

Common units with GCSE English Language

The specification offers flexibility as Unit 1 – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts and Unit
2 – Speaking and listening are both common to GCSE English and GCSE English Language so this enables
us to make entry decisions for candidates later in the course.

Free resources - AQA have created a comprehensive Anthology that can be used for the Controlled
Assessment tasks for the literature elements, containing two collections of short stories (modern and
cultural exploration), as well as poems in four thematic clusters:

o       Characters and voices
o       Place
o       Conflict
o       Relationships

AQA have also been working in partnership with Teachit to develop a truly innovative Interactive
Anthology containing interactive tools and resources.

Assessment

o       Unit 1: Written paper: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts – 40% of assessment
o       Unit 2: Controlled Assessment: Speaking and Listening - 20% of assessment
o       Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: Understanding and producing creative texts - 40% of
    assessment

Written papers now include greater differentiation, with the Foundation Tier containing more
structured questions whilst the Higher Tier will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge.

The Controlled Assessment tasks have been designed to elicit fresh responses from candidates and
offer flexibility.

Assessment is available in January and June.

				
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