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About learning at West Coventry Academy


English

KS3

Students study English four times a week. Students undertake all their learning through the medium of English; our mission is to help every student fulfil their potential by developing the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Furthermore, we aim to foster lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of writing, and reading a wide range text types.


KS4 English Language

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA


What Will You Do?

This GCSE gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills essential for success in the examinations and beyond. You will apply a range of reading skills to a variety of short texts, both fiction and non-fiction, in addition to learning how to craft your own writing.

You will gain insights into how writers strive to engage their readers through a range of features and even learn to apply these powerful techniques yourself.

You will explore how to read effectively for meaning before applying skills ranging from analysis to comparison.


Assessment Details:

Students will complete two separate examinations at the end of year 11 after a period of effective and intensive preparation.

Each exam paper will feature unseen extracts and give you five questions of varying levels of challenge. Each examination is worth 50% of your overall grade.

  • Paper 1: Creative Reading and Writing (Literary Fiction)
  • Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (Non-Fiction)

There is no coursework component but you will have the opportunity to achieve a non-GCSE Speaking & Listening endorsement.


Possible Career Options:

As a core subject, English Language is a gateway to any number of career possibilities. A GCSE in English Language displays your ability to communicate effectively and to understand, analyse and interpret a range of text types, It is greatly valued by all employers.


Further Education:

  • A level English Literature
  • A level English Language and Literature

Both offered at WCA Sixth Form.


KS4 English Literature

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA


What Will You Do?

You will study a range of engaging texts from across different time periods. Covering important aspects of the writers’ lives, their societies and issues in addition to a detailed consideration of the texts themselves, you will study:

  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (William Shakespeare)
  • ‘The Sign of the Four’ (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ (J.B. Priestley)
  • ‘AQA Anthology of Power and Conflict Poetry’
  • Unseen Poetry

We teach these texts in an engaging yet challenging way to ensure that you develop a strong understanding of each one.


Assessment Details:

Students will complete two separate examinations at the end of year 11; there is no coursework component.

  • Paper 1: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ & ‘The Sign of the Four’ (40%)
  • Paper 2: ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘AQA Anthology of Power and Conflict Poetry’ and Unseen Poetry (60%)

These examinations will be supported by targeted, intensive preparation and revision in school and guided independent study using a range of practical and useful resources.


Possible Career Options:

As a core subject, English Literature is a gateway to any number of career possibilities. A GCSE in English Literature displays your ability to understand, analyse and interpret a range of text types, and is greatly valued by employers.


Further Education:

  • A level English Literature
  • A level English Language and Literature

Both offered at WCA Sixth Form.