Key Stage 4 English Language and Literature

At Key Stage 4 the study of both English Language and Literature is compulsory. This reflects the School’s belief that the skills learned here are carried through to the benefit of all subjects.

As a rare exception to the School’s policy, students may be permitted to take additional English classes rather than Literature if we believe this might improve their fundamental skills.

English Language:

The Edexcel IGCSE English qualification is a contemporary course designed to meet the abilities of all students. It builds on the priorities established in Key Stage 3: speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Paper 1 (70%)
  • Speaking and Listening (10%)
  • Writing (20%)
  Paper 2 (30%)
  • Section A Unseen comprehension
  • Section B Literary and non-fiction anthology
  • Section C Free Writing

English Literature:

This is an international course which introduces students to the in depth study of prose, poetry and drama. The students are taught skills in literary analysis, and are also exposed to themes and issues relevant to the world in which they live. An anthology of poems is provided for the poetry component of the course, and there is a wide choice of titles from prescribed lists of prose and drama texts. These texts range from traditional English literature to texts in translation from around the world.

Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes 60% of marks
  • Poetry
  Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of marks
  • Section A Drama
  • Section B Prose