English Language and English Literature

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Type of course:   GCSE 
How is the course assessed?
Both courses are assessed entirely by examination which is taken at the end of Year 11
English Language:
Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of mark)
Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% of mark)  
English Literature: 
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (40% of mark)
Paper 2 - Modern Texts and Poetry (60% of mark) 
What topics/ units will you study?
You will study:
A range of creative reading texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century
A range of literary non- fiction and non- fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century 
Different types of writing styles and how to emulate these 
A 19th Century novel 
A modern drama 
A variety of 19th Century and modern poetry 
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
Students who like to use their imagination and are creative will particularly enjoy this course. You will need to be analytical and be able to evaluate and justify your opinions.  All students will take this GCSE. 
What trips/ activities you will be involved in?
Educational visits may include trips to the theatre to see the plays being studied.  We will also bring in theatre companies to present live performances of the texts being studied.  These will happen on site. 
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
Careers associated with English include journalism, work within the media industry, publishing, teaching, to name but a few.  Being able to communicate is an essential for any job and the study of English will help you develop this skill.   College courses connected to this subject include English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.
How will this course help you to get a job?
All employers and colleges will ask you for your predicted / actual grade in English.  Being able to communicate is an essential for any job and the study of English will help you develop this skill.  You will develop a critical ability to write to suit your purpose and express yourself clearly and confidently.   
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mrs McLean in 2R1 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"Blood Brothers is my favourite so far.  The story is really good." 
Year 10 student
"I enjoy my English lessons.  My teachers give me plenty of materials to help me revise."
Year 10 student
"I prefer language because I get to do more creative writing.  I like that I can use my own thoughts and ideas."
Year 11 student