English – FAQ

What are the aims of the course?

The study of English Language and Literature enhances student’s mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative and involved lives.

What assessment will I have to complete?

Each Unit of Work will be structured around Learning Checkpoints: Learning Checkpoint 1 is a baseline assessment of the student’s abilities in a particular aspect of the curriculum to inform the teacher’s planning; Learning Checkpoint 2 will monitor how far the key skills have been embedded. Learning Checkpoint 3 is a final assessment linked to the original baseline task to chart the student’s progress.

What is involved with the examination?

English Language Paper One: Literary Fiction and Original Writing

English Language Paper Two: Non-Fiction and Writing to Present a Viewpoint

English Literature Paper One: Shakespeare (‘Macbeth’) and pre-20th Century Literature (‘A Christmas Carol’)

English Literature Paper Two:  20th-Century Literature ( ‘Inspector Calls’) and Poetry (Anthology and Unseen)

What topics will I study?

  • Shakespeare (‘Macbeth’)
  • Pre-20th Century Literature (‘A Christmas Carol’)
  • 20th-Century Literature ( ‘Inspector Calls’)
  • Poetry (Anthology and Unseen)
  • Non-Fiction and Writing to Present a Viewpoint
  • Literary Fiction and Original Writing

What skills will I develop?

  • How to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
  • How to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology.
  • How to compare writer’s ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more texts.
  • How to show understanding of the relationships between texts, and the context in which they were written.
  • How to evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
  • How to communicate clearly; adapting tone, style and register for form, purpose and audience.
  • How to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

What independent study will I have to undertake?

Read as widely and as regularly as you can! Reading widely …

  • gives you a sense of how writing should be done
  • builds your vocabulary
  • offers you inspiration
  • boosts creativity
  • enhances your awareness of life, the universe and everything
  • develops empathy and emotional intelligence
  • allows you to tap into other people’s experiences.
  • kills boredom
  • Is enjoyable!!!

What career opportunities could the course give me?

Our economy is enhanced when learners have higher literacy levels. Effective literacy skills open the doors to more educational and employment opportunities so that people are able to achieve their potential. In our increasingly complex and rapidly changing technological world, it is essential that individuals continuously expand their knowledge and learn new skills in order to keep up with the pace of change.