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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

GCSE

We follow the CCEA syllabus for both Language and Literature.

www.ccea.org.uk contains many useful resources.

 GCSE LANGUAGE

 

UNIT 1 – Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts. ( 20% )

 

This is an external exam ( 1 ½ hours )

 

Section A asks you to demonstrate your writing skills in a piece of personal writing; there will be only one title.

 

Section B asks you to compare and contrast two multi-modal texts

( eg two DVD covers / two book covers / two tourist leaflets ) where you analyse images, colour and presentation as well as language features.

 

UNIT 2 – Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction ( 20% )

 

This is an external exam ( 1 ½ hours )

 

Section A asks you to demonstrate your writing skills in a piece of functional ( real-life) writing; there will be only one title. You have to express your views on a topic provided by CCEA, in an appropriate form and style.

 

Section B asks you to read and interpret a previously unseen non-fiction text; you have to analyse the methods a writer has chosen, in order to have certain effects on you, the reader.

 

UNIT 3 – Speaking and Listening ( 20% )

 

You will complete a number of assessments over the 2 years of your GCSE course and in term 2 of Year 12, the best in each of the following categories will be selected to arrive at your overall mark:

  • an individual speech/presentation with questions from your audience.
  • a role-play.
  • a group discussion.

 

 

UNIT 4 – Spoken and Written Language + Writing Creatively (40%)

 

These 3 pieces of written work make up your Controlled Assessment folder. CCEA will set the tasks each year.

 

Task 1 – The Study of Spoken Language ( 10% )

 

Task 2 – The Study of Written Language ( 15% )

 

Task 3 – Writing Creatively                     ( 15% )

 

 

 

 

GCSE LITERATURE

 

 

UNIT 1 – The Study of Prose ( 25% )

 

This is an external exam (1 hour) and it is closed-book (no texts allowed).

There will be a choice of two questions on your novel; choose ONE.

You will study “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

 

 

 

UNIT 2 – The Study of Drama and Poetry ( 50% )

 

This is an external exam (2 hours) and it is open-book ( you will have a “clean” copy of your play and your poems in the exam ).

 

Section A – Drama   ( 20% )

There will be a choice of two questions on your play; choose ONE.

You will study “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller for this section.

 

Section B – Poetry   ( 20% )

You are asked to compare and contrast two poems. ( two themes to choose from: WAR or NATURE )

You will study two poets (six poems by each poet) for this section.

There will be a choice of two questions; choose ONE.

 

Section C – The Unseen Poem   ( 10% )

You are asked to analyse a poem you have not seen before, to explain how the poet has used form, methods and language devices to achieve the effects s/he wanted to have on you, the reader. ( Your preparation for Section B will help you here.)

 

 

UNIT 3 – The Study of Linked Texts ( 25% )

 

This piece of written work makes up your Controlled Assessment folder. CCEA sets the task each year.

 

You are asked to study two texts which are linked by theme.

One text must be a Shakespeare play.

One text must be a novel written before the 1950’s.

 

In the Controlled Assessment, you will compare and contrast how your play and your novel each present the same theme eg conflict.

Useful websites:

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/english_literature/

 http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/english/

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/poetryanthologies/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/showcase/writing/poems/37943

http://quizlet.com/302699/poetry-terms-flash-cards/

http://www.mediaknowall.com/gcse/advertising/analysisnotes.html

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/

http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/vclass/terms.htm

http://www.marketplacearmagh.com/shows/

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/plot-diagram/

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_55.htm