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  • Mr M McLauchlan
  • Mr P Hinchcliffe
  • Mr J Kearney
  • Mr C Hollingworth
  • Mr A Canham
  • Ms E Houlihan
  • Mrs C Cunningham
  • Mrs H Murray

 

GCSE English Literature (Exam Board: Eduqas)

Component 1 (Macbeth and Eduqas Poetry): 40% of GCSE

  • Section A: ‘Macbeth’. One extract question and one essay question.
  • Section B: Eduqas poetry: Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Component 2 (An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde and Unseen Poetry): 60% of GCSE

  • Section A: ‘An Inspector Calls’: One source-based question
  • Section B: Jekyll and Hyde: One source-based question
  • Section C: Unseen Poetry: Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

GCSE English Language (Exam Board: Eduqas)

Component 1 (20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing): 40% of GCSE

  • Section A: ‘Reading’: Understanding of one prose extract of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.
  • Section B: ‘Prose Writing’: One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 2 (19th/21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing): 60% of GCSE

  • Section A: ‘Reading’: Understanding of two extracts (about of non-fiction writing, assessed through a range of structured questions
  • Section B: ‘Writing’. Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks

Component 3 (Spoken Language): One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback

How can I revise for GCSE English Language and Literature?

Use Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs) – Provided by the Department

  • Diagnose any deficits in your understanding of the core texts
  • Read and learn the model exam responses as a writing frame
  • Bank of sample questions not yet examined by Eduqas
  • A wide coverage of DTCs (Deep Thinking Challenges) to stretch and challenge students wanting to get an 8 or 9.

Visit the Eduqas Website (https://www.eduqas.co.uk/)

  • Look at past exam papers to get used to the formatting and layout – they never change!
  • Read the examiner’s report for each session and identify the common pitfalls made by candidates.
  • Familiarise yourself with the mark scheme for each question.
  • Read sample candidate responses with examiner’s comments. You will be able to diagnose your work and assess what you should be getting.

You must learn quotations off by heart

  • These exams are closed book.
  • You will need to memorise quotations for each character, theme and setting from ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Macbeth’ and the Eduqas poetry anthology.
  • Re-read/skim over your texts and create quotation banks that tracks each character, theme and setting through the text. Your quotation bank should look like this:
  • A quotation can be a ‘word’ or a ‘phrase’. e.g. this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen (Macbeth Act 5 Scene 8)

What are your top tips for being successful in GCSE English?

Always treat characters as literary constructs and not as ‘real people’.

  • Treating characters as real people: ‘Mr Birling believes that…’ û
  • Treating characters as literary constructs: ‘Priestley uses the character of Mr Birling to…’

Always embed your quotations. Never use ‘This is shown in the quote’!

  • Not embedding a quotation: Macbeth is presented as a valiant hero. This is shown in the quote “like Valour’s minion”. This shows… 
  • Embedding a quotation: Macbeth is presented as a valiant hero. The simile “like Valour’s minion” heightens the superhero qualities… 

Know your synonyms and antonyms. Vocabulary is key!

  • Make a vocabulary word bank with synonyms and antonyms (e.g. ‘alacrity’: liveliness, … ‘sycophant’: flatterer, …) Focus on words that describe emotions
  • Check out ‘Top 100 words’ GCSE students should know
  • Read short 19th Century non-fiction (loads online!)
  • Skim through ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ and identify words you don’t understand.

What are your top tips for being successful in GCSE English?

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) is incredibly important.

  • Visit https://tinyurl.com/KingsSpag
  • Complete exercises on: colons, semi-colons, commas, comma splicing, apostrophes, homophones, split infinitives, consistency of tense, confusable words, hyphens, verb/subject agreement.

Read plenty of high-quality fiction and non-fiction

  • Read newspaper articles, magazine articles, essays, etc. This will help you with your English Language Component 2.
  • Collect a high-quality fiction reading list from your English teacher. Reading will help you unwind and help you with your English!

Do you recommend any study guides?

The best notes will be given by your English teachers in your lessons. You will also find high-quality support material in your Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs).

If you’d like to purchase study guides, we can recommend the following:

GCSE English Literature WJEC Eduqas Anthology Poetry Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

(ISBN: 978-1782943631)

New Grade 9-1 GCSE English: WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology - Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

(ISBN: 978-1789085952)

Grade 9-1 GCSE English Macbeth - The Complete Play (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

(ISBN: 978-1841461205)

Grade 9-1 GCSE English Text Guide - An Inspector Calls (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

(ISBN: 978-1841461151)

Grade 9-1 GCSE English Text Guide - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)

(ISBN: 978-1782943082)

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