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The English Department is a lively area of the school where you can often hear students performing poetry, Shakespeare or having a lively debate. Students are positive about their experiences in English and work with teachers to achieve their potential. We want to produce well rounded students who can participate in all aspects of the English curriculum. The successful studying of English opens doors in life and we are there to support all students in achieving this.

English is taught across all Key Stages. In Yr 7 and 8 students have 6 lessons of English a fortnight while in Yr9 students have 7 lessons to help them to prepare for the GCSE in Yr10. All students will cover a range of topics such as poetry, novels, plays, Shakespeare, creative writing and media. The department has a computer suite which helps to complement the work of students in producing non-fiction and presentations.

In Yr10 and Yr11 students follow the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature course. Class teachers decide on the Literature texts to be studied from a choice of texts in order to best suit the interests of the class.

In Huish Sixth the English Department runs three A Level courses: Edexcel English Literature, Edxcel English Literature Language combined and Eduqas Film Studies.

English Language Subject: GCSE English Language

Style of assessment:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Time: 1hour 45mins
Worth: 50%

Reading (25%) One single text is used.

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Time: 1hr 45mins
Worth: 50%

Reading (25%) Two linked texts are used.

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question(1 x 16 marks)

Writing (25%)

  • Extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Speaking and Listening is no longer part of the GCSE but students will get an endorsement with a grade to show the participation in speaking and listening.

Overview of course: This specification allows candidates to demonstrate their ability to investigate and analyse language, and to experiment and use language creatively.  This course offers a skills-based approach to the study of English.  A range of text types will be studied, including texts from the 19th century.

Extra-curricular opportunities: There are many opportunities to take part in theatre trips, and debating.

Further study and Career connections: A good pass in English Language is essential for moving onto any Level 3 course.  It also allows students to progress into Huish Sixth, where related A level courses in English Language, English Literature and Media Studies are offered.  English opens the door to any career: apprenticeships, Journalism, Designing, Marketing, Publishing, Film Industries and many more.

GCSE

English Literature GCSE

Style of assessment:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
Time: 1hr 45mins
Worth: 40%

Section A: students will answer one question on a Shakespeare play studied in class.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B: The 19th Century novel: students will answer one question on a novel studied in class.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel then to write about the novel as a whole. Currently all students study ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
Time: 2hrs 15mins
Worth: 60%

Section A: Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two about ‘Blood Brothers.’

Section B: Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Power and Conflict section of the anthology.

Section C: Unseen poetry: students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Overview of course: This specification allows candidates to experience texts from the British Literary Heritage and contemporary texts.

Candidates will experience a range of literary genres.  The specification is based on a skills-based approach to the study of Literature.

Extra-curricular opportunities: There are many opportunities for theatre trips throughout the course.

Further study and Career connections: A good pass in English Literature is essential for moving on to study A Level English Literature.  It also allows students to progress into Huish Sixth and beyond to university, to study related courses.  English Literature can lead to many creative and analytical careers in comedy, writing, reviewing, publishing, legal careers and many more!

A Level

The English department offer 3 A level courses at Huish Sixth:

English Literature

Exploring literature develops our moral and social imaginations. The primary reason that you pursue this course is because you have a love of literature. You believe that works of literature can affect our perception of the world. You are curious about how literature offers different perspectives on society. Naturally, you will read widely and be expected to engage personally with the texts. You will develop your ability to offer informed, critical responses.  Take a look at the Huish Sixth page for more detailed information.  This is a high flying subject in Huish Sixth so come and join our team.

English Language and Literature

Words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. You are interested in the way language choices create representations. You want to engage with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. You want to explore how literary and linguistic fields share concepts about language. You will develop not only your ability to analyse and interpret texts, but also to create meaningful texts of your own, writing in both fiction and non-fiction forms. This course is idea for people who love Literature but are also curious about language use.  Take a look at our Huish Sixth page.

Film Studies

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently offers the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.  This is a relatively new course in Huish Sixth but already is creating a buzz and students are keen to sign up.  Take a look at our Huish Sixth page.

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