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:

In Key Stage 4 students continue to refine their skills, knowledge and understanding in the three main areas of the English curriculum: speaking and listening, reading and writing. During Years 10 and 11 they will develop their:

  • understanding of the spoken word and capacity to participate effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities;
  • ability to read, understand and respond to material from a variety of sources;
  • recognition and appreciation of themes and the ways in which writers achieve their effects;
  • ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose.

The course allows students to progress to AS and Advanced GCE in English Literature. 

Assessment is based on 100% examination set and marked by Edexcel, with a single tier of entry catering for all ability groups. A simple overview of assessment is given in the table below.

.

Paper Percentage Marks Time

Paper 1

Paper 2

60%

40%

90 marks

60 marks

2 hours 15 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes


English Literature:

The study of literature allows students to develop an appreciation of a wide range of texts, and acquire the skills needed for literary study. They are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors achieve literary effects, and use these techniques in their own writing. Through their studies, students are encouraged to develop their own reading interests and explore the influence of literature in their own and other societies.As with English Language, the course provides progression to Edexcel GCE AS and Advanced Level in English Literature. Assessment is based on 100% examination with a single tier of entry, set and marked by Edexcel.

Assessment Overview
Paper Percentage Marks Content Time

Paper1

Paper2

60%

40%

90 marks

60 marks

Poetry & Prose

Modern Drama and Classic

Literature

2 hours

1 hour 30 minutes