Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

KS4 overview.

YEAR 11

From September 2014 pupils at Key Stage 4 will be following a range of English courses tailored to meet their individual needs. Courses will follow a linear pathway with examinations to take place in May/June of Year 11. In addition mock examinations and Controlled Assessments/coursework will be completed throughout the year.

AQA iGCSE English Literature – Year 11

Coursework – 40% “Yellow Wallpaper” and “Of Mice and Men”

Paper 1- 60% 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

  • Question 1- unseen poetry and prose
  • Question 2 – prose/drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” or “Romeo and Juliet”.

Edexcel iGCSE English Literature- Year 11

Paper 1- 60% 1 hour 45 minutes exam on drama and prose. “An Inspector Calls” and “Of Mice and Men”.

Paper 2- 40% 1 hour 30 minutes exam on unseen text and poetry Anthology.

Cambridge iGCSE English Language – Year 11

Paper 1 – 40%  1 hour 45 minutes reading paper

Paper 2- 40% 2 hours on reading passages

Component 4- 40% coursework portfolio

Component 5- 20% speaking and listening

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

York Notes for GCSE:

An Inspector Calls

Romeo and Juliet

Macbeth

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english

http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/waywithwords/index.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty

http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/

www.aqa.org.uk

http://www.edexcel.com/

http://www.cie.org.uk/

 

YEAR 10

New specifications first examined in 2017. Year 10 will be examined in English Language and English Literature.

OCR English Language – Year 10

OCR GCSE (9-1) English Language (J351)

Linear qualifications with 100% external assessment.

Spoken Language is compulsory. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

All tests in the exam are unseen. All texts are drawn from each of the following three centuries:-

19th Century

20th Century

21st Century

literature

 

OCR English Literature – Year 10

OCR GCSE (9-1) English Literature (J532)

Linear qualifications with 100% external assessment. Both papers are closed text examinations.

Paper 1  (Exploring modern and literary heritage texts )Books to be studied from Year 10:

  • An Inspector Calls – J. B. Priestley
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Paper 2 (Poetry and Shakespeare)

  • Poetry Across Time Anthology (conflict)
  • Macbeth – Shakespeare

 

YEAR 9

Year 9 (three year Key Stage Four).

Overview

English Language – Year 9 Overview

Eng Lang GCSE

English Literature – Year 9 Overview

Eng Lit GCSE

Paper 1  (Exploring modern and literary heritage texts )

Books to be studied from Year 10:

- An Inspector Calls – J. B. Priestley
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Paper 2 (Poetry and Shakespeare)

- Poetry Across Time Anthology (conflict)
- Macbeth – Shakespeare

 

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Pupils will develop their appreciation of literature and perfect their writing skills enabling them to access further education and training.  GCSE English will prepare pupils to enter employment and will equip them with vital skills such as being able to listen, interpret information and following and understanding instructions.  Higher order skills such as analytical and comparison skills will also be ‘fine-tuned’ in order to set pupils up for whatever path they wish to follow.  English is an invaluable skill that employers use as a baseline to assess basic skills.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

A ‘period 6’ after school each Thursday.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

A Levels
University degree
Apprenticeships
Level 3 Vocational Course

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