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GCSE English Language and Literature

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

EXAM BOARD EDEXCEL (PEARSON) GCSE (9-1) – COURSE CODES: 1ENO / 1ETO

Welcome to your new GCSE courses – throughout Year 10 and 11 you will study for two GCSE qualifications – one in English Language and one in English Literature. Both GCSEs are 100% terminal exam. Each GCSE requires you to sit two exams – four in total.

Your qualification will be graded 9 to 1 – with 9 being the highest grade (like an A*) and 1 the lowest (like a grade G)

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

50% of the GCSE tests reading unseen texts from 19th, 20th and 21st century

50% of the GCSE tests writing – of which, 20% is SPAG so technical accuracy in the exam is vital

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

PAPER 1

1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

PAPER 2

2 hours and 5 minutes (60%)

Section A

Unseen 19th century fiction – the extract will be approximately 650 words long and you will answer questions about it

24 marks

Section B

Creative writing – imaginative writing linked to the theme of the text in Section A…a choice of 2 questions.

You will be assessed on how well you write for purpose and audience (i.e. imagine / explore / entertain) and SPAG will be assessed too!

40 marks

Section A

Comparison of two unseen texts from the 20th and 21st century – one non-fiction and one literary non-fiction (i.e. autobiography)

Shorter questions will ask you to focus on close reading of the texts; longer questions will ask you to compare the two texts.

56 marks

Section B

Transactional writing linked to theme in Section A – you will be asked to write a letter or a newspaper report.

You will be assessed on how well you write for purpose and audience (i.e. imagine / explore / entertain) and SPAG will be assessed too!

40 marks

 

Spoken Language Endorsement

This will be a presentation on a topic of your choice to an audience. You will answer questions at the end of your presentation. It will be recorded and sent to the exam board.

You will be given either a pass, merit or distinction – this will appear on your GCSE certificate.

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES FOR GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

This is what you need to show as a reader and writer in the exam:

READING
AO1 Identify and interpret explicit information and ideas.

Select and synthesise evidence from different texts

7.5%

AO2 Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support your views

15%

AO3 Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more different texts

8.75%

AO4 Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references (i.e. quotations and PEE)

18.75%

TOTAL 50%

 

WRITING
AO5 Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences in your writing

30%

AO6 Use a range of vocabulary and sentence constructions for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

20%

TOTAL 50%

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

Paper 1

1 hour and 45 minutes (50%)

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

Paper 2

2 hours and 15 minutes (50%)

Section A

Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice

Answer two questions – one based on an extract from the play; one about the play as a whole

40 marks

Section A

19th Century Fiction – A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Answer two questions – one based on a 400 word extract from the novel; one about the novel as a whole

40 marks

Section B

Post 1914 Prose – Animal Farm

Answer one essay style question about the text (from a choice of two)

SPAG is assessed when you write your essay

40 marks

(8 of which are SPAG!)

Section B

Poetry – Edexcel Poetry Anthology – study of 15 poems

Answer one question – named poem (printed for you) and comparison with another poem you have studied

20 marks

Poetry – two contemporary unseen poems printed for you in the exam paper. You compare the two poems, looking at language, structure and themes

20 marks

Note: you can’t take any texts into the exam room!

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES FOR GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

This is what you need to show the examiner in the exam:

 

AO1 Read, understand and respond to texts, showing that you can:

  • Maintain a critical style and develop an informed, personal response
  • Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate your interpretations

37%

AO2 Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant technical terms

42%

AO3 Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

16%

AO4 Use vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

5%

Total 100%

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