At Outwood Academy Brumby we realise the importance of gaining good English qualifications to enhance the life chances of the students we teach. We are extremely proud of the results we have achieved over the last five years and work hard to ensure that all students make good progress.
The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the EDUQAS GCSE English Language and English Literature course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students begin learning the skills they will eventually need in their GCSE exams in Years 10 and 11. They read plenty of Literature texts. Each year, students will study a Shakespeare play, a modern play, a novel and a selection of poetry. Alongside this they also hone their writing skills both creative writing and transactional writing (letters, speeches, articles, guides, reports, reviews and leaflets). These principles are then built on in Year 8 so that our students are fully equipped when they begin their GCSE courses in Year 9.
EDUQAS GCSE English Language
EDUQAS GCSE English Literature
GCSE English Language requires students to be able to analyse texts, both fiction and non-fiction – by commenting on the language within them and exploring their effect(s) on the reader. Students are frequently required to work in timed conditions to enable them to gain the skills they will need in their exams. Texts studied range from 1800s to the present day so there is plenty of variety and there are many links, in terms of skills, with the Literature syllabus which is taught alongside English Language. Students will also learn to write in a variety of styles for a range of purposes and audiences as well as working on their technical accuracy.
For their Literature course, students have to study a Shakespeare play, a selection of poetry (published by EDUQAS in their Anthology), a play written after 1914 and a novel published before 1914. During this course students study a range of texts from 1800s to the present day. They learn to explore the language in the texts as well as embracing the times in which the texts were written whilst understanding the different beliefs that authors may have held.
EDUQAS GCSE English Language is assessed in the following way:
EDUQAS GCSE English Literature is assessed in the following way: