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English

Key Stage 4

English is a core subject at Key Stage 4, with students studying the WJEC GCSE in both English Language and English Literature. There are eight classes, which are set by ability to ensure all students are stretched to meet their full potential.

English Language

The course requires learners to write accurately and fluently, choosing content and adapting style and language to a wide range of forms, media, contexts, audiences and purposes. Learners are prepared to use language effectively in society, further studies and employment. Students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately. They learn to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written English, as well as the impact of variations in written language and how they relate to cultural diversity.

Assessment for the course is split into four separate units.

Unit 1 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 1 hour 45 minutes, consisting of a question on an unseen piece of prose and an imaginative writing task.

Unit 2 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 1 hour 45 minutes, consisting of a question on instruction, explanatory or persuasive text, along with a persuasive writing task.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment, worth 20% and focuses on reading and writing skills.

Unit 4 is a controlled assessment, worth 20% and focusing on speaking and listening.

English Literature

The course requires students to become critical readers of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama. They will experience different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts. English Literature is delivered alongside English Language in order to strengthen the understanding of both subjects.

Assessment for the course is split into three separate units.

Unit 1 is a written examination worth 35% lasting 2 hours. Section A relates to different cultures prose, and will be specific to a text studied in lessons. This is currently Of Mice and Men. Section B is an unseen poetry comparison.

Unit 2 is a written examination worth 40% lasting 2 hours. This paper covers a contemporary drama and literary heritage prose.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment, worth 25% and focuses on an analysis of poetry and drama.