NRC Secondary – English

Key Stage 4

About the Course

New River College KS4 Pathways

During KS4 at New River College, we aim to support and challenge students to leave with a range of qualifications including GCSE English, English Language and Functional Skills 1 & 2. All students are expected to leave with at least one qualification in English. Classes are broadly streamed at KS4. All students have access to the GCSE syllabus, with the expectation that most will achieve both Language or Literature grades. We also value Functional Skills accreditations to provide real-life skills that employers, apprenticeships and colleges require.

Skills and knowledge KS4

  • Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
  • Write successfully in a range of forms.
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Use discussion, drama and formal presentation to improve their speaking and listening skills.

Year 10

In Year 10, all students follow the Edexcel GCSE English Literature course. Dependent on the pathway, some students will use these texts to focus on the GCSE skills of interpretation, analysis and response, whereas some students will focus on a more ‘skills based’ approach.

We study the following texts as part of the EDEXCEL GCSE Literature course:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature

  • Romeo and Juliet – by William Shakespeare
  • An Inspector Calls – by J.B. Priestly

Paper 2: 19th Century Novel and poetry since 1789

  • Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Conflict Poetry & Unseen Poetry

Access our curriculum map for Year 10 here….

Year 11

In Year 11, all students follow the Edexcel GCSE English Language course. Dependent on the pathway, students will have different skills focuses: Functional skills or GCSE. All students will have an opportunity to sit the GCSE English language paper as well as Functional skills. Some students will also sit the English Literature paper at the end of Year.

Paper 1: Fiction and imaginative writing

Reading

  • Students prepare to approach an unseen Victorian story text, practising the skills of inference, analysis and evaluation regarding language form and structure
  • Students learn about Victorian life and how to apply this to understand a text.

Writing

  • Students prepare to write a description or story based on a title or picture
  • Students learn how to plan work; make it interesting and engaging; use a range of punctuation and vocabulary and proof reading for accuracy.

 

Paper 2: Non-Fiction and transactional writing

Reading

  • Students prepare to approach two unseen extracts of 20th and 21st Century Non- Fiction,

practising the skills of inference, analysis, evaluation and a comparison of ideas and attitudes in texts.

Writing

  • Students prepare to write a newspaper article; a magazine article; a guidebook or a speech on a non-fiction topic.
  • Students learn how to plan work; make it interesting and engaging; use a range of punctuation and vocabulary and proof reading for accuracy.

Access our curriculum map for Year 11 here…

Further information about these courses can be found at the following websites:

Edexcel GCSE English Language  https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html

Edexcel English Literature https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html

Edexcel Functional Skills & Edexcel Entry Level https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills.html

 

How will students be assessed?

The GCSE English Language qualification is assessed by two end of year exams, and a short formal presentation for speaking and listening. The GCSE English Literature GCSE is assessed by two ‘closed book’ end of year exams (students are not allowed to bring texts into the exam). Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 are assessed through two written exams in reading and writing, and several speaking and listening coursework tasks. Level 1 focuses on discussion; Level 2: discussion and a formal presentation. Step up Entry Level qualifications can be sat in ‘chunks’ and students have opportunities to re-sit modules. We ensure that all students have the correct access arrangements.

There are mock exams throughout Year 10 and Year11. Some of these exams are ‘supported mocks’ with guidance on how to approach longer answer questions. These supports are withdrawn the closer students get to the end of Year 11.