In Key Stage 4, pupils must study English Language as a core subject.
Our current Year 11 students will be the last cohort to sit the old WJEC English Language GCSE syllabus. Unit 1 and Unit 2 require pupils to study different forms of non-fiction texts such as leaflets, reports and articles for reading and writing external examinations. Unit 3 is an internally controlled assessment based on a William Shakespeare play. In addition, Unit 4 consists of a variety of speaking and listening components which are internally assessed throughout the academic year.
Our current Year 9/10 students will be the first to be examined under the new WJEC GCSE syllabus. This syllabus still evaluates a transactional writing component, whereas the reading component now assesses pupils’ ability to analyse a greater range of reading material that includes 19th century and 21st century fiction and non-fiction texts. The new syllabus is entirely examination based.
The school will make recommendations for pupils at the end of Year 10, if they are to study English Literature in addition to English Language and the exam will be taken at the end of Year 11.
Our current Year 11 students will be the last cohort to sit the old WJEC English Literature GCSE syllabus. Unit 1 requires pupils to study a post 1914 prose text. Unit 2 consists of a pre 1914 text and a contemporary drama play which are both assessed by external examination. Unit 3 is an internally controlled assessment comparing a Shakespearean text and a variety of poems.
Our current Year 9/10 students will be the first to be examined under the new WJEC English Literature GCSE syllabus in Summer 2018. This syllabus still evaluates a range of reading material that includes 21st Century poetry and fiction and also contemporary literature. The new syllabus is entirely examination based.
There are alternative pathways available in English, if GCSE is proving difficult. Certificate Levels 1 & 2 are offered in both English Language and English Literature. Both of these courses are accredited. There is also the option of Additional English Entry Pathways for those pupils with very specific learning requirements. This is also an accredited course.