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English KS4 - Useful Information

Pupils in Key Stage 4 study the WJEC specifications of English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE.

The WJEC English Literature GCSE course offers pupils the opportunity to create an informed personal response and a critical understanding of a range of texts in the genres of prose, poetry, and drama. We aim to foster an appreciation of how texts from different cultures and traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and a sense of identity in a modern society.

Literature Studied:

Year 10 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and NEA coursework; Poetry Comparison and Shakespeare.

Year 11 – An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley and Heroes by Robert Cormier.

Pupils can sit either High Tier (A*-C) or Foundation Tier (C-G).


Through the teaching of the WJEC English Language GCSE, the English department aim to provide pupils with proficiency in accessing a variety of text types, in order to use the skills required by the WJEC specification. Pupils are exposed to a variety of teaching styles to ensure all learners’ requirements are met and pupils are supported and challenged. The GCSE consists of two written examinations, with a mixture of reading and writing skills being tested, and two oracy tasks; an Individual Researched Presentation and a Group Discussion set by the exam board.


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