Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in English contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of English

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps pupils understand how language works. Using this understanding, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.

Key Stage 4

English or English Language and Literature

What will I learn?

GCSE English is a combined course offering a range of Language and Literature topics such as: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts Understanding and producing creative texts Speaking and Listening Reading a text by Shakespeare, a text from a different culture, a text from your Literary Heritage, as well as media texts.

GCSE English Language and Literature offers the same as English but also includes:

• A spoken language study • An extended reading study • A poetry across time unit • A modern prose or drama study. What qualifications will I get? Entry for English will result in one pass at GCSE A*–G. Entry for English Language and Literature will result in two passes at GCSE A*–G. How will I be assessed? Both examinations involve externally set exam papers and controlled tasks which may be planned and prepared in class but will be written in timed and controlled conditions.