KS4 English

All students at KS4 follow the Eduqas specifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students receive two hours of Language learning per week and two hours of Literature learning. Through 100% examination, students receive GCSE grades of 1-9.


GCSE English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Written examination: 1 hour 45 mins (40% of qualification)

Section A (20%) – Reading

Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Written examination: 2 hours (60% of qualification)

Section A (30%) – Reading

Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (30%) – Writing

Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks.

Component 3: Spoken Language

Non-exam assessment

Unweighted

One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.


GCSE English Literature

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

Written Examination: 2 hours (40% of qualification)

Section A (20%) Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing;

OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice.

One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day

Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours 30 mins (60% of qualification)

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro);

OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens);

OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett);

OR Blood Brothers (Russell)

One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose

A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen);

OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)

One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.


To view the KS4 Programme of Study which details when the components above are studied and assessed click here.


Support from the Department for KS4 Students

  • The KS4 English pages on STAR (moodle) offer a variety of resources to help your child.
  • Click on the BASIC SKILLS section of STAR to find plenty of activities to help with writing and spelling.
  • Click on the ENGLISH PRACTICE section of STAR to find links to websites.
  • Click on GCSE English Language and Literature Revision pages
  • One-to-one support can be gained by attending KS4 Intervention Wednesdays after school, in E3 at 3pm.
  • Easter Revision Workshop
  • May Half Term Revision Workshop
  • GCSEpod membership provided for students.
  • ActiveLearn membership provided for students.

Support at Home at KS4

  • Purchase from school the WJEC/Eduqas revision guide for GCSE Language.
  • Purchase from school personal copies of the set texts for Literature.
  • Purchase revision guides for study of the set Literature texts.
  • Wherever possible, take up opportunities to see theatre productions.
  • Make good use of the tutorials on Youtube, e.g. Mr.Bruff’s guides.
  • Print off and practice past papers.
  • Make use of the suggestions within Literature/Language letters to parents

Useful Websites

Click for more information:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature