Homework: Twice per week.
Year 11 students currently follow the AQA specifications for both GCSE English Language and English Literature.
The study of English Language at GCSE level teaches students to be clear and fluent speakers, perceptive readers and confident writers. A GCSE in English Language is the stepping stone to any future career as all reputable colleges and employers place great value on this qualification. Essentially, students who study GCSE English become effective communicators using both the spoken and written word, a skill which is valued in a wide range of careers: such as teaching, journalism, law, publishing, librarian and public relations.
Year 10 students currently follow the AQA specifications for both GCSE English Language and English Literature. There are no longer any tiers for these qualifications; all students will sit the same examinations at the end of the course. Unlike previous specifications, there are no controlled assessments.
The new English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE are graded from 1 to 9. Details of how these correspond to the GCSE grades can be supplied on request.
The new GCSE has a far greater emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar.