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Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

IGCSE English Language and Literature

The characteristic qualities of Kingham Hill English continue from KS3 and are honed at the GCSE level: thoughtful reading, critical thinking and creative, eloquent expression. Over the two-year courses, pupils study some of the most influential, stimulating and enjoyable texts ever written. From Shakespeare to Priestley, Rossetti to Agard, Dickens to Steinbeck, these authors inspire ideas that enable pupils to think productively and perceptively about key issues and topics they face today. Through reading, writing and discussion, pupils build a solid foundation not just for A level and university, but for life. The majority of pupils at Kingham Hill sit both the English Language and English Literature exams.

IGCSE English Language

What is the IGCSE about?

The IGCSE in English Language is a course that explores the written word and develops the ability to write with precision, power and flair. Pupils read and analyse a range of fiction, poetry and nonfiction extracts as part of the course--all whilst being encouraged to read widely of their own volition. English Language is vital for academic attainment across the curriculum, so honing functional writing skills is a key priority: pupils learn to write accurately with ambitious yet precise vocabulary, and organisation in written work is of paramount importance.

What does the IGCSE consist of?

The IGCSE in English Language comprises 60% exam and 40% coursework. 

The exam component includes examination on:

  • Ten nonfiction extracts
  • Transactional writing

The written coursework component includes

  • Analysis of poetry and prose texts
  • Imaginative writing

IGCSE English Literature

What is the IGCSE about?

English Literature is the heart of English as a subject. This course delves deeply into the ideas, themes and messages of a text. Here, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the psychologies of characters, the motives of authors and the social, political, historical and cultural contexts in which great pieces of literature were created. Pupils will study a range of poetry, novels and drama. At the end of it all, the aim is for pupils to understand the important role that literature plays in our lives, and how it encourages us to continue questioning and exploring what it means to be human.

What does the GCSE consist of?

The IGCSE in English Literature comprises 60% exam and 40% coursework.

The exam component includes examination on:

  • Unseen poetry
  • Anthology poetry
  • Modern prose

The written coursework component includes

  • Analysis of a modern drama text
  • Analysis of a literary heritage text