Y11: GCSE English

This GCSE course leads to a single terminal examination, together with a series of controlled assessment tasks. Pupils work toward the objectives of units 1 and 3 as set out below:

Unit 1 – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

Pupils will continuously work on this unit throughout year 10 and 11 in preparation for their GCSE examinations as well as developing their writing for their controlled coursework.

Pupils are required to read and understand a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into their own writing for a range of genres, audiences and purposes. The functional elements of English reading and writing are embedded within this unit allowing candidates to demonstrate that they are competent readers and writers in their daily lives. Reading texts will be drawn from a range of non-fiction genres. Some texts will be clearly functional in context (such as information leaflets) and others will be those which pupils can clearly expect to read in their daily lives including media sources (including texts with images, and/or other presentational devices) and literary non-fiction (such as travelogues and biographies). In preparing for this unit, candidates should draw on a variety of text types and transfer their reading skills.

There will be two writing tasks, one shorter and one longer. The shorter task will ask pupils to write to inform, explain or describe; the longer task will require more developed and sustained ideas which argue or persuade. Pupils will be required to adapt their style to fit audience and purpose.

Unit 3: Understanding and producing creative texts

In year 11, alongside unit 1, pupils work toward the objectives of part b) of unit 3 as set out below:

Part b: Producing creative texts – candidates choose two tasks from the bank of published titles for the year the pupil submits the units. The two tasks do not have to be equal in length as this will be determined by the type of creative writing the pupils choose to do. Each task will be marked out of 15 and a further 15 marks are available for accuracy. The marks will be added together to give a final mark out of 45.

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