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The coursework you are expected to complete will depend upon the exam board your school has chosen for you. Whichever board you choose, written coursework will be worth 20% of your final mark. This is added to the 20% which you get for speaking and listening, and the 60% you get for your exam to determine your final grade.

Whatever board you do you will be doing something on Shakespeare, Pre-Twentieth Century Literature, and some Personal Writing. You may also find yourself writing on ethnic minority authors, something based on the media or doing a poetry analysis.


Speaking and Listening

It is easy to forget that your 3 speaking and listening assessed pieces are worth as much to you as your entire coursework folder. Your teacher is your examiner. You will be asked to speak in a wide range of situations and on several diverse subjects. You will speak in and to differently sized groups. You will be expected to use Standard English unless you are told differently - (no slang) - the kind of language you hear on a news broadcast. Your teacher will want you to demonstrate that you have the ability to: explain, describe, narrate, explore, analyse, imagine, discuss, argue and persuade


How to get the most from your coursework

Find out deadlines and try to stick with them! Coming back to do the Shakespeare coursework you should have done 6 months ago is going to be a problem. How much of it will you remember? Will you have the resources



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