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GCSE OPTIONS 2018

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GCSE Options English Literature English Literature is an enjoyable and challenging subject. The study of English Literature is ultimately the study of human experience and human society through poetry, prose and drama. Students will be required to evaluate reflections on the human experience, as well as to develop precise critical and analytical skills. They will consider aspects of language such as style, tone and intention, as well as the social, political and cultural contexts in which the texts were written and received. Students study a range of texts drawn from pre-and post- 1914 literature. A sensitive and informed personal response is also required and will be encouraged through class and group discussions. Assessment will be entirely through examination and students will receive a grade 9-1 at the end of the course. English Literature Examinations Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19 th Century Novel (1 hour 45 min / 40% of GCSE) Section A: Shakespeare Section B: 19 th Century Novel Students will answer a question on a Shakespeare play that they have studied. They will write in detail about an extract and then about the play as a whole. Students are likely to study Macbeth although this set text can change. Students will answer a question on the 19 th century novel that they have studied. They will write in detail about an extract and then about the novel as a whole. Students will study a novel such as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol. Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (2 hours 15 min / 60% of GCSE) Section A: Modern Texts Section B: Poetry Section C: Unseen Poetry Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on the modern text they have studied. Texts such as the following could be studied: An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers, The History Boys, Animal Farm, Never Let Me Go, Lord of the Flies etc. (45 min / 34 marks). Students answer one comparative question based on the cluster of poems they have studied. One poem will be printed on the paper and students must choose the other. Students will study poems centred on the theme of ‘Love and Relationships’ or ‘Conflict’ (45 min / 30 marks). This section contains two questions: students will write in detail about one unseen poem in the first question and then compare it to another unseen poem in the second question (45 min / 32 marks). 8

GCSE Options Mathematics Mathematics at Key Stage 4 is centred on the new syllabus requirements as laid down by OCR for GCSE (9-1) Mathematics. This is a linear course with no coursework. This syllabus allows students to develop mathematical independence built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding, and lays the foundation for those students who wish to continue their studies to Advanced Level. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas: ● ● ● Use and apply standard techniques. Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically. Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts. Students take either Foundation Tier Papers 1, 2 and 3 or Higher Tier Papers 4, 5 and 6 at the end of Year 11. Foundation Tier Grades 5 to 1 can be achieved Higher Tier Grades 9 to 4 can be achieved Mathematics Paper 1 (Foundation) Written paper. 1 hour 30 minutes. Mathematics Paper 4 (Higher) Written paper. 1 hour 30 minutes. 100 marks. 100 marks. Calculator permitted. Calculator permitted. 33⅓% of the total GCSE. 33⅓% of the total GCSE. Mathematics Paper 2 (Foundation) Written paper. 1 hour 30 minutes. Mathematics Paper 5 (Higher) Written paper. 1 hour 30 minutes. 100 marks. 100 marks. Calculator not permitted. Calculator not permitted. 33⅓% of the total GCSE. 33⅓% of the total GCSE. 9

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