About.

At AUEA, all students study for GCSEs in English Language and Literature. They are taught side-by-side and are integrated, allowing for greater depth and balance between the two.

In year 10, we focus on three key literature texts, currently Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. We focus on contextual analysis and the development of language and structural dissection as a key skill. In year 11 we move on to higher-level language analysis through evaluation and comparison of texts including non-fiction from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries and conflict poetry from across different time periods.

Throughout the two-year course, we also focus on developing reading and literacy levels and encourage wider-reading throughout. We also ask students to engage in wider research of topics and texts to develop independent and unique approaches to their studies.

The key skill developed in English Literature is the ability to read across multiple layers of meaning. As such, any subjects based around research and communication work well with Literature.

Career Pathways.

Both English Language and Literature focus on communication and analysis. English Language is vitally important to all career pathways and is required by all employers, colleges and universities. English Literature is also valued highly; AUEA run an A-Level in Literature and it is also seen as valuable for our Business Studies and EPQ courses.

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Student Views.

Since joining AUEA, I have made outstanding progress in English. The teachers adapt their teaching styles to help you progress in every way possible.

- Mohamed Isakji

The main strengths would include the in depth understanding and evaluation of content provided from the department and the odd twist of unique ideas from the students and teachers due to the respectful atmosphere created.

- Dariq Mohamed

Assessment.

Assessment is entirely through external examination.

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting.

Number
Unit
Marks/Percentages
English Language
Paper 1
Fiction and Imaginative Writing
• Study selections from a range of prose fiction.
• Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts.
• Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
• Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.
64 marks
40%
Paper 2
Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
• Study a range of 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction).
• Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts.
• Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences.
• Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.
96 marks
60%
English Literature
Paper 1
Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature
• Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel.
• Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.
• Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.
80 marks
50%
Paper 2
19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789
• Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson Poetry Anthology.
• Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.
• Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.
• Develop comparison skills.
80 marks
50%