GCSE English Language & English Literature (2 GCSEs)

Exam Board: AQA 

English Language and English Literature are studied at two separate GCSEs and are now assessessed under a revised format. This is the new form of GCSE introduced in 2015. The most significant change is that there are no longer any Controlled Assessments All assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11.

During lessons we focus on teaching students how to prepare for examinations, how to evaluate and critique texts andwe allocate time to reading and exploring complex texts like Shakespeare and Nineteenth Century novels.

Why Study English?

At UTC Cambridge we want to nourish and provoke young imaginations through a rich and varied exploration of the literary arts in drama, poetry and prose fiction.  We seek to develop a depth and maturity of thought and understanding, and a real pleasure in the ways that art can enhance our experience of life.

English at UTCC works hard to develop a range of skills that support the students’ enquiry, particularly the focused investigations of the Challenge Projects: reading skills to enable effective research; speaking and listening skills to foster an agility of mind to enable clear communication in sustained collaborative work where probing, evaluating, summarizing, concluding, hypothesizing are all made possible; writing skills to enable succinct clarity, sharp analysis, crisp conclusion… as well as descriptive, persuasive and imaginative writing.

GCSE English Language (AQA 8700)

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1 hour 45 minutes) (50%)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1 hour and 45 minutes) (50%)

Find out more at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

GCSE English Literature (AQA 8702) 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel (1 hour 45 minutes) (40%)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (2 hours 15 minutes) (60%)

Find out more at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702