The English Language qualification will demonstrate higher order reading and critical thinking skills where students will read a wide range of texts from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. In Paper 1, students cover explorations in creative reading and writing. This will comprise of reading questions based on a literature fiction text in which students will be assessed on their comprehension and analytical skills. In section B of Paper 1, students will be expected to produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing. The key skills being assessed in this section will include creativity, accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation and the ability to write for a particular purpose and audience.
In paper 2, students will cover writers’ viewpoints and perspectives through one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text. The key skills being assessed within this unit are comprehension, analysis, synthesis and comparative understanding. In addition to this, section B of Paper 2 requires the students to write to present a particular viewpoint or perspective. In this section, students will be assessed on their ability to write for a particular purpose and audience, whilst writing with technical accuracy inclusive of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
In addition to these linear exam components, there is a non-exam spoken language assessment where students will achieve either a pass, merit or distinction grade based on their speaking and listening capabilities.
In addition to English Language, students will also be entered for English Literature. The English Literature qualification will demonstrate literal and inferential comprehension skills, critical reading, and evaluation of the writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammar and structural features. Students will be expected to: compare texts; explore how texts are relevant to and a reflection of their contextual period; analyse key extracts and link these to ideas explored in whole texts and ultimately produce clear and coherent writing for a range of purposes.