This course is taught alongside GCSE English Lan- guage, but counts as a separate GCSE. The GCSE is divided into two papers:
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the C19th novel – 40% of GCSE
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry – 60% of GCSE
The qualification enables you to:
- Develop your critical reading skills, sup- porting a viewpoint by referring to evi- dence in the text
- Explore aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings
- Analyse and evaluate the impact of style, language, structure and form in literary texts
- Understand writers’ social, historical and cul- tural contexts to inform evaluation and make an informed personal response
- Compare texts in relation to theme, character- isation, context and literary style
How is this course assessed?
This course has all assessments taken at the end, under examination conditions. The final grade (1-9) will correspond with how well you perform in each of the following:
Paper 1 Section A: Shakespeare – This Unit is worth 34 marks and involves students answering one question in detail.
Paper 1 Section B: C19th novel – This unit is worth 30 marks and involves students answering one question in detail.
Paper 2 Section A: Modern texts – This unit is worth 34 marks and involves students answering one question in detail.
Paper 2 Section B: Poetry – This unit is worth 30 marks and involves students
comparing two poems from the anthology.
Paper 2 Section C: Unseen Poetry – This unit is worth 32 marks and involves students responding to an unseen poem and then comparing this with another unseen poem.
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