Soham Village College

GCSE English

GCSE English Language

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
Edexcel Exam Board - GCSE ICT GCSE English Language Eduqas

GCSE English Literature

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
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These two separate qualifications are both 100% final examination at the end of Year 11
The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Assessments
These usually take place at the end of each unit. Students will be informed about the dates of these assessments. Mock marks and notional grades are recorded on G4S.
Units
Assessment
Students will be informed about the dates of these assessments. Mock marks and notional grades are recorded on G4S. 

Autumn    

Language – Component 1 Section A
Read and analyse 20th Century prose fiction. Learn how to approach the five questions on this paper.

1 hour – hall exam

Language – Component 2 Section A
Read, analyse and compare two high-quality unseen non-fiction texts, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century.

See next half term. 

Literature – Component 1 Section B
Learn about the Romantic era and other contexts. Study the first eight of the set poems from the Anthology (1789 to the present day).

1 hour – hall exam

Literature – Component 1 Section B
Study the remaining ten set poems from the Anthology (1789 to the present day).
 
Literature – Component 2 Section A
Study one set Post 1914 Prose/Drama text from the prescribed list.
45 minutes – hall exam (after Christmas) Literature – Component 2 Section B
Study one set 19th century prose novel from the prescribed list.
English Language Component 2 (2 hours) – hall mock exam

 

45 minutes – class assessment (final week)
Spring    Language – Component 1 Section B
Prose writing: recap how to describe and narrate when telling a story, while using language imaginatively and creatively.
45 minutes – hall exam Revision
By this point in the GCSE course, students should have completed the curriculum. Class and home study time will be spent recapping knowledge of texts and approaches to examinations.
English Literature Component 1 (2 hours) – hall mock exam
Literature – Component 2 Section C
Learn how to analyse and compare previously unseen poems from the 20th and 21st centuries.
N/A   English Language Component 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) – hall mock exam
Summer    Language – Component 2 Section B
Non-Fiction writing: recap how to write transactional, persuasive and discursive writing (from end of Year 9).
30 minutes – class assessment   English Literature Component 2 (2 hours 30 minutes) – hall mock exam
Literature – Component 1 Section A
Study ‘Macbeth’ in its entirety. Learn how to closely analyse the play’s language, form and structure.
1 hour – hall exam   External examinations (these will start in May)