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We are considering this, and I wondered if anyone is in the same position. If so, which Exam Board are you thinking of going with?
I think WJEC are still awaiting accreditation for their IGCSEs. That's our problem...
Why choose this for the top sets? I have looked at the AQA draft version (Certificate in English Literature) and it involves less work than either the old or new GCSE specs. Only 3 texts and some practice at unseen poetry, and no requirement for Shakespeare. Some of our mid / lower sets would much prefer reading Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night Time for the exam, and comparing Of Mice and Men and maybe Holes for coursework. This, combined with the English Language IGCSE might be a lightweight option, but it would be more enjoyable for weaker students.
I teach at an International school and we do Edexcel IGCSE for English and English Literature. The Literature part is really thin on content - we had to pad it out for our top sets. It has one novel, and one 20th century drama text for the 1hr 45min exam and one piece of coursework worth 40% based on a study of SIX poems. It doesn't stretch the more able at all, and the coursework is more hassle than it's worth!
Hope that helps...
Try the GCSE before you complain.
We are switching to Edexcel certificate. Currently doing WJEC GCSE. Still thinking about whether to do this with all groups or Edexcel English with lower ability students. Any advice from those already doing it?
We are thinking of switching to the EdExcel IGCSE for state schools from Sept, but keeping the current Single OCR English award, so that students in the middle can drop Lit and still meet the NC requirements.
So far, it seems like less content, the texts look decent, and there would be no cwk/CA requirement. I got some willing Y11s to sit the unseen lit section of the exam and they felt it was far preferable to do that than to learn more content, saying it crosses over with the Unseen Media Lang paper nicely.
Any thoughts anyone? I'm looking for the catch...
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