English

Course Summary – EDUQAS  English and English Literature GCSEs

 

English Language GCSE

Component 1 – FICTION

20th Century Literature Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing

40% (I hour 45-minute examination)

Section A (20%) – Reading                                                                     (40 marks)

This section will test through structured questions the reading of an unseen extract from one 20th century literary prose text (about 60-100 lines). This section assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing                                                            (40 marks)

This section will test creative prose writing through one 40-mark task. Candidates will be offered a choice of four titles giving opportunities for writing to describe and narrate, and imaginative and creative use of language. This response should be a narrative / recount. Candidates who write purely descriptively, or use a form other than that specified, such as poetry or drama, will not be able to access the full mark range as shown in the assessment criteria.  This section assesses AO5 and AO6.

Component 2 – NON-FICTION

18th and 21st Century Non Fiction Reading Study and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing

60% (2-hour examination) 

Section A (30%) – Reading                                                                     (40 marks)

This section will test through structured questions the reading of two high-quality unseen non-fiction texts (about 900-1200 words in total), one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century. Non-fiction texts may include, but will not be limited to: letters, extracts from autobiographies or biographies, diaries, reports, articles and digital and multi-modal texts of various kinds from newspapers and magazines, and the internet. This section assesses AO1 (and 2), AO2, AO3 and AO4.

Section B (30%) – Writing                                                                        (40 marks)

This section will test transactional, persuasive and/or discursive writing through two equally weighted compulsory tasks (20 marks each).  Across the two tasks candidates will be offered opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes, adapting style to form and to real-life contexts in, for example, letters, articles, reviews, speeches, etc. This section assesses AO5 and AO6.

Component 3 – Spoken Language – Unweighted (i.e. does not contribute to final GCSE grade. Still has to be completed though. Marked as F, P, M, D alongside grade.)

Candidates will be required to complete one formal presentation or speech. They will also be assessed on their responses to questions and feedback following the presentation or speech. Standard English should be a feature of all parts of the candidates’ work in this component.  This component assesses AO7, AO8 and AO9.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

 

 

English Language AOs

Below are the assessment objectives for this qualification.

 

AO1

Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas  Select and synthesise evidence from different texts

AO2

Explain, comment on analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3

Compare writers' ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4

Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

AO5

Communicate clearly, effectively, and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences  Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6

Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.  (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)

AO7

Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8

Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations

AO9

Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

Please note, AO7, AO8 and AO9 are used to assess Spoken language which will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.  

 

Reading is assessed by AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4.  This constitutes 50% of the qualification. Writing is assessed by AO5 and AO6.  This makes up the remaining 50% of the qualification. Spoken language is assessed by AO7, AO8 and AO9.  This assessment is unweighted in the qualification.

English Literature GCSE

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Written examination: 2 hours

40% of qualification - This component assesses learners on Shakespeare and poetry from 1789 to the present day. In Section A, learners will need to show their knowledge of dramatic techniques and demonstrate their understanding of plot, characterisation, events and key themes; they will need to analyse language, structure and form closely in order to engage critically with the text. In Section B, learners have the opportunity to show their understanding of the poems and the relationships between them and the contexts in which they were written.

 

Section A (20%) Shakespeare                                                                         (40 marks)

Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing; OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice

Learners study one text from the above prescribed list.

 

This assessment will test, through one extract-based question and one essay question on the text as a whole, knowledge and understanding of a Shakespeare text. Learners will be expected to comment on Shakespeare’s use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This section will also test learners' spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

Section A assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

 

Section B (20%) Poetry 1789 to the present day                                       (40 marks)

This assessment will test knowledge and understanding of poetry from 1789 to the present day. Learners will be assessed on two poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology.  In the first question, learners will be asked to write about a specified poem.

 

In the second question, learners will be asked to write about a second poem chosen from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, and compare it to the first.

 

Learners will be expected to consider the context of each poem, its content and key ideas, and the poets’ use of language, structure and form.

 

Learners must study all of the poems in the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology in preparation for this assessment. The anthology covers a range of poetry and is designed to introduce learners to the rich heritage of poetry across centuries as well as illustrating how poets explore similar themes in different ways.

 

Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

60% of qualification

This component assesses learners on either prose or drama from 1914 onwards, a 19th century prose text and unseen poetry. In Section A and Section B, learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of aspects of plot, characterisation, events and key themes; they will need to evaluate and analyse how language, structure and form are used by the writer to create meanings and effects. In Section B, learners will also need to show their understanding of the varied contexts of

their chosen text. Section C consolidates many of the skills learners have developed as it requires learners to demonstrate these skills in a comparison of two unseen poems.

 

Section A (20%) Post 1914 Prose/Drama                                                    (40 marks)

 

Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro); OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens); OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett); OR Blood Brothers (Russell)

Learners study one prose or drama text from the above prescribed list.

This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the post-1914 prose/drama text. Learners will be expected to comment on the writer's use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This assessment will also test learner's spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Section A assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

 

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose                                                            (40 marks)

A Christmas Carol  OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)

Learners study one text from the above prescribed list.

This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the 19th century prose novel. Learners will be expected to comment upon the context of the prose text, the language, structure and form of the text and key themes, characters and ideas within the text.

Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

 

 

English Literature AOs

Below are the assessment objectives for this specification. Learners must demonstrate their ability to:

 

AO1

Read, understand and respond to texts.  Students should be able to:

 

  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response

 

  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

 

AO2

Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

 

AO3

Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

 

AO4

Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

In the specification as a whole, 20-25% of the marks will require candidates to show the abilities described in AO1, AO2 and AO3 through tasks which require them to make comparisons across texts.

 

The table below shows the weighting of each assessment objective for each component and for the qualification as a whole.

 

 

 

AO1%

AO2%

AO3%

AO4%

Total%

Component 1

15

15

7.5

2.5

40

Component 2

25

25

7.5

2.5

60

Overall weighting

40

40

15

5

100

 

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