English

Aims:

The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. At McKee College House we aim to ensure that all students:

Curriculum:

At KS4 we follow the WJEC Eduqas specifications for both English Language and English Literature.

The English Language course requires learners to study:-

Summary of Assessment

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Literature Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing Component 3: Spoken Language
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes – 40% of qualification Written examination: 2 hours – 60% of qualification Non exam assessment – unweighted
Section A (20%) – Reading

  • Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

  • One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles
Section A (30%) – Reading

  • Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (30%) – Writing

  • Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks
  • One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback
  • One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.
  • Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

The English Literature course requires learners to study:-

Reading comprehension and reading critically

Writing

Summary of Assessment

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry
Written examination: 2 hours – 40% of qualification Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes – 60% of qualification
Section A (20%) Shakespeare

One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of Macbeth. Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day

Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison. Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

One source-based question on An Inspector Calls (Priestley). Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose

One source-based question on A Christmas Carol (Dickens). Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.