Curriculum – KS4 English Language and Literature

Course Content

The English Department at St Marylebone School teaches in a way that will develop a love of the English language and its literature in all students. As well as sharing with the students of all that the world of literature has to offer, we encourage them to develop the skills necessary to respond critically to the information that will be presented to them throughout their lives, and to communicate as effectively as possible through both the spoken and the written word.

The new GCSEs will be graded 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade.

English Language

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

Section A: Reading – One unseen literature fiction text from the 20th or 21st century with four questions: (one short form 4 mark question, two longer form 8 mark questions and one extended 20 mark question)
Section B: Writing – Descriptive or narrative writing (one extended writing question with 24 marks for content and 16 marks for technical accuracy)

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

Section A: One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text from the 19th and 20th / 21st century with four questions: (one short form 4 mark question, two longer form 8 mark questions and one extended 20 mark question)
Section B: Writing to present a viewpoint (one extended writing question with 24 marks for content and 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Spoken Language

This is an internally assessed component, externally moderated, and leading to a separate endorsement, focused on the development of speaking and listening skills.

English Literature

Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (1 hour 45 minutes) 40%

Section A: One essay question on a Shakespeare play (pre-taught)
Section B: One extract question on a 19th Century novel and one question comparing the extract to the play as a whole (pre-taught)

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

Section A: One essay question on a modern novel or drama text (pre-taught)
Section B: One comparative essay question on two poems from the Anthology, one named on the paper and one chosen by the candidate (pre-taught)
Section C: One question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this to another unseen poem


Exam Board – AQA
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
English Language GCSE
Structure of Assessment
50% of the final GCSE grade

50% of the final GCSE grade

Paper One: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Paper Two: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

English Literature GCSE
Structure of Assessment
40% of the final GCSE grade

60% of the final GCSE grade

Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

Paper Two: Modern Texts and Poetry