Presentation on theme: "Preparing for GCSE. You get two GCSEs in English – they count as separate qualifications. GCSE English language is the one that employers, colleges."— Presentation transcript:
You get two GCSEs in English – they count as separate qualifications. GCSE English language is the one that employers, colleges and universities are looking at first. Whatever happens you will need to get the C grade or equivalent before you leave full time education.
One paper – 2 ¼ hours long: Tuesday 2 nd of June 2 sections- both marked out of 40. A.Reading B.Writing Section A: ◦ 3 articles and 4 questions. ◦ The questions do not change from year to year. ◦ You can learn the skills needed and practise them over and over again – get onto the AQA website and get the past papers. Section B: ◦ 2 writing questions ◦ 1 st short task – 25 minutes – 16 marks – describe/explain narrate ◦ 2 nd longer task – 35 minutes – 24 marks – argue/persuade.
2 papers Paper 1 Monday the 18 th of May – Exploring modern texts – 1 hour 30 minutes ◦ This is worth 40% of the lit GCSE ◦ Two questions both worth equal marks – 1 from section A, 1 from Section B ◦ You will usually study 2 novels – some teachers cover a novel and a play. Paper 2 – Friday the 22 nd of May Poetry across time – 1 hour 15 minutes ◦ This is worth 35% of the GCSE. ◦ 2 questions- 1 on a cluster of poems you study in advance, 1 on an unseen poem.
READ! ◦ You cannot underestimate the value of reading – those who read for pleasure will do 14% better (on average) in English than those who don’t. Make sure your controlled assessments are at the level you need them to be. Don’t settle for marks below the level you’re aiming for. You need to get these into shape by Christmas so you can concentrate on the exams – see your teacher for advice.
Students often claim that you can’t revise for English – this is not true. For literature you can revise the texts and read online or other notes – go back through your work. For language you can practise the skills and the techniques for the exam and revise the key concepts, terms and ideas. Youtube and other online sources are a really good way to revise if you use them carefully http://www.mrbruff.com/ http://www.mrbruff.com/ The CheneyTakeaway channel The CheneyTakeaway channel The CherwellOnline channel The CherwellOnline channel