GCSE English, GCSE English Language and English Literature

Course details

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are four essential skills for life. English is the main subject that develops these skills. Students taking GCSE at Wigston College will have many opportunities to gain confidence and skill in all of these areas, expressing their own ideas and listening to those of others.  Whatever career students go on to choose, the ability to read and write well and to speak and listen effectively is very important.

The essence of English teaching at Wigston College is variety; to ensure that students develop their skills and progress in this subject, our expert teachers employ various techniques in the classroom and use a range of sources.

Students will read novels, poems and plays, exploring their ideas about what they have read through individual writing tasks and group discussion.

In addition, some of the work that students will do is concerned with real people’s lives and situations. This means carrying out such tasks as writing letters, delivering speeches and creating leaflets.
Students respond positively to their experience in English at Wigston College and it is often one of their favourite subjects.

How you will be assessed

Key Aspects of the NEW GCSE English Language course

– Assessed by examination only. This means that the final grade of the student is based on exams at the end of Year 11 and there is no longer a coursework element.
– The exams will cover reading and writing (20% of the marks will be for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar in the writing exams).
– There are no longer Higher or Foundation Tier papers.
– Speaking skills will be assessed by teachers and reported separately, alongside the qualification on the final certificate.
– Letter grades (A,B etc.) have been replaced by numbers 9-1
Key Aspects of the NEW GCSE English Literature course

Assessed by examination only.

– This means that the final grade of the student is based on exams at the end of Year 11 and there is no longer a coursework element.5% of the total marks will be for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
– There are no longer Higher or Foundation Tier papers.
– Letter grades (A,B etc) have been replaced by numbers 9-1.Students are expected to cover:
– a play by Shakespeare;
– a 19th century novel;
– a selection of poetry from 18th century onwards;
– fiction or drama from the British Isles from 1914 onwards;
– response to unseen texts.
All students will follow both GCSE English Language and GCSE English
Literature in Year 10. The majority of the students will continue with this in Year 11

How will it help me at Post 16?

Success in English at GCSE is essential for whatever career choice you choose to follow. Students with a passion for English at GCSE could go on to take one (or both) of the English courses on offer at A Level: A Level English Language and A Level English Literature. Both courses are very demanding, and as a result command respect from universities looking for prospective students.

In order to study either of these qualifications at A level students will need to complete the double GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature to a high standard.