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English/English Literature (GCSE)

GCSE Guide for Parents



Both the Language and Literature courses run alongside one another, each term covering a different aspect of one of the courses across year 10 and 11. The benefits of this are that focus on both courses is sustained and that one course feeds into, and therefore feeds off of, the other. This will allow students with strengths in one area to apply these to other aspects of the courses; at the same time, areas that require development for one course will be addressed by the other course.


The language course asks pupils to look closely at writers’ use of words and language techniques to create effects and impart messages that require close observation, inference, making associations and considering the impact on readers. These are skills that are also required for the Literature course but the Literature texts will also take into account the context in which texts have been created.


Across the two courses, students are asked to explore whole texts across a range of text types, covering both fiction and non-fiction, including English Literary Heritage – ‘classic’ - texts, such as by Dickens or Austen, poetry and Shakespeare.


Both courses are 100% exam-based, meaning an end to controlled assessments and coursework. There is no longer a speaking and listening component contributing to the final exam grade for Language.


At the time of publication, the English Department is still exploring the various options available, in terms of which exam board to follow. More information, when this decision has been made and the courses explored fully, will be available through the FCC website.


Vital to the success of students will be having good standards of literacy, requiring attention to accuracy in both reading and writing. Some lesson, therefore, are likely to be literacy based. Another crucial aspect of both courses will be the development of a broad vocabulary – for both writing purposes and for responding critically to texts. Students should have a broad and varied ‘diet’ of reading in their own time to help with this.


The English Department relishes the challenge of exam-only courses and the prospect of fresh materials and approaches that delivering these new courses will bring.