Course Title: GCSE English Language and English Literature

Exam Board and Specification No. AQA English Language (8700)  AQA English Literature (8702)

Why is this subject important, valuable and engaging?

These core qualifications are designed to give you a deep and meaningful understanding of the power of language, as well as the opportunity to engage with classic texts of the English Language.  You will develop skills of persuasion, analysis, technical accuracy and structure which will enhance your ability to navigate through any meaningful communication in the future in an informed and critical manner.  It will empower with a sense of where our culture has come from, as well as an awareness of how you can influence and shape it in the years ahead.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course?

This is a compulsory subject and there are no prior learning requirements.  However, the more you read and write, the more able you will be to manage the content of the course.

What will I learn on this course?

You will learn how fictional texts are created, and what impact the writer intended to have on the reader.  You will learn how to compare texts from the past with those from the present.  You will learn how to write creatively, through description or narrative, and also to persuade using a range of different literary devices.

In Literature, you will learn a range of texts from Shakespeare, and Dickens through to modern texts like Blood Brothers.  You will also encounter an anthology of poetry. 

What key skills will I develop?

English Language: 
Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. 

Students will also develop skills in reading fluently and writing effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

English Literature: 

Reading comprehension and reading critically literal and inferential comprehension: understanding a word, phrase or sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events critical reading: identifying the theme and distinguishing between themes; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence in the text; recognising the possibility of and evaluating different responses to a text; using understanding of writers’ social, historical and cultural contexts to inform evaluation; making an informed personal response that derives from analysis and evaluation of the text evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features: analysing and evaluating how language, structure, form and presentation contribute to quality and impact; using linguistic and literary terminology for such evaluation 
comparing texts:comparing and contrasting texts studied, referring where relevant to theme, characterisation, context (where known), style and literary quality; comparing two texts critically with respect to the above


producing clear and coherent text: writing effectively about literature for a range of purposes such as: to describe, explain, summarise, argue, analyse and evaluate; discussing and maintaining a point of view; selecting and emphasising key points; using relevant quotation and using detailed textual references accurate Standard English: accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

English Language: 2 written exams (50% each) 1 non-examined Spoken English presentation
English Literature: 2 written exams (50% each)

What could this course lead to?

Success with this course will lead to access to Level 3 courses Post 16, as well as providing evidence of competence in all forms of written and spoken communication.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include?

Trips or visits to the theatre or to exhibitions (subject to availability)

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?