Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The Literature course focuses on the appreciation of a classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, and the analysis of unseen poetry, which are assessed in the final exam. The girls will also produce a piece of coursework comparing a Shakespeare play with one other text.
For the English Language course, the girls’ skills in comprehension, summary and analysis, together with their ability to write as if for a magazine article will be honed and refined. They will also produce a piece of coursework on a subject of their choice and will be assessed on the quality of their research, reading, writing and evaluation of the methods used. A small proportion of their Language IGCSE is devoted to speaking and listening, for which the girls will give a presentation and answer questions on a topic of their own choosing.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
Queen Margaret’s is fortunate in having an impressive range of expertise at its disposal for the teaching of English Language and Literature. Among the teaching staff for English are Chief Examiners, moderators and markers for the AQA exam board, together with Oxbridge-educated experts in a variety of fields in this subject.
All members of the department are contributors to academic journals; they bring a wealth of scholarship to the school and exude a passionate love for English which is consistently inspiring.