In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE courses for English Language and English Literature. Our curriculum meets the needs of the new GCSE requirements set out in 2015. The key points of the new GCSE courses are as follows:
A grading scale of 9 to 1 is used, with 9 being the top grade.
Assessment entirely by exam
Assessment is by examination at the end of the course; all students sit the same examination papers.
Students are required to sit 2 GCSE English Language papers and 2 GCSE English Literature papers.
Students must now study a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern drama and a range of poetry pre-selected by the exam board, as well as a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century non-fiction.