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Classic British Literature and History: An Example for UK Exam Prep & Proof of Education Using USA Qualifications.

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Understanding the UK & USA Models.

Some courses at Arise Home Education will help prepare your high schooler for UK exams. A perfect example is how we have structured our British History and British Literature courses to provide the set requirements for the iGCSE in English Literature exam. Taking these companion courses provides the necessary instruction for exam preparation.

However, many UK home educating families are not quite sure at the start if they want their students to sit UK exams. That is why we have structured the courses to also meet the requirements of the USA high school diploma and transcript model. Students gain credits for their transcript for each course successfully completed with a passing grade.

The beauty of this approach is that UK home educating families do not need to decide now what has to happen two or more years down the road for their family. It really is the best of both worlds. As your family navigates home education in the UK let us help you prepare your teens for their unique future in a manner that reduces stress, improves the quality of education, and provides a nurturing Christian environment for day-to-day learning.

Keep reading to learn more about how the UK Exam Model and the USA High School Diploma model compare and can be used as proof of education in the UK.

collage image literature and history items with text overlay. High School British Literature & History GCSE Exam Prep & USA Transcript Model from AriseHomeEducation.com

Classic British Literature and Comprehension & The USA Model for British Lit. & History

A class looking at great works of classic British literature, which have helped shape the history of Western Civilisation.  This class will give your child a solid understanding of the texts, and how to analysis and write about the text. At the end of the year your child be writing a response to literature essay, on a text of their choice. 

Course Taster Session

This is a full high school credit if you are doing the US transcript. But the texts are also set for examination in iGCSE/A level (depending on the board). Therefore, a student taking this class could use it to aid their study for the iGCSE/A level English lit. The skills acquired in the essay writing are also transferable for the UK exam system.

This class will develop skills in discussion, literary analysis, themes, cultural context, characterisation, and an introduction to literary criticism. We will look at how to structure and write essays as a response to literature: both persuasive and comparison.

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Not sure which is the best path for you?

The video will explain the differences and similarities between the 2 approaches to learning during the high school years with Arise Home Education. then, review the two approaches and decide on the best method for your family, student, and their goals.

iGCSE/A-Level British Literature Course & Exam Prep

Studying the text in the context of either iGCSE or A-level is excellent preparation for the exam. However, this class can be taken by a student for the love of literature. Or as preparation, before undertaking iGCSE/ A-level English Literature.

Year 1* Classic British Literature and Comprehension

Semester 1

  • Shakespeare: A Merchant of Venice (set text for iGCSE edexcel and A level Cambridge)

Semester 2

  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (set text for iGCSE edexcel and A level Cambridge)

Additionally, a text of their choice from a chosen list of texts.

With an end of year essay written on the text of their choice, using the skills learnt throughout the year.

Required Materials: Oxford School Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, and Pride and Prejudice (Wordsworth Classics) by Jane Austen

After year 1 there is the option of taking year 2 of the class where we build on the first year and look at Dickens and British poetry. Again the student will study a text of their choice (from a list given), and will write a final essay. 

The Contextual History – Year 1 – Tudor & Georgian Era course is a required companion to this course for those studying for the iGCSE Literature exam.  Students following the USA High School Diploma & Transcript model will receive 1 Social Studies and 1 Literature & Composition credit for each class successfully completed with a passing grade when taking both courses.

Year 2*

Semester 1

  • Dickens: Great Expectations (set text for iGCSE Edexcel and Cambridge)

Semester 2

  • British Poetry
  • Exam revision and/or either the Ancient British History and/or 20th Century British History. (The final decision will be made in Early 2024.)

*Year 2 for both British Literature & Contextual History is necessary for the complete preparation for the iGCSE Edexcel or A-Level Cambridge exam.  Year 2 of these courses is planned for release in 2024 for the 24-25 school year.

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US Transcript Model British Lit. & History Course Credit

Brit. Lit I & II – Successful completion (with a passing grade) will receive 2 Literature & Composition credits (0.5 credits per semester) for the US Transcript.

British History I & II – Successful completion (with a passing grade) will receive 2 Social Studies credits (0.5 credits per semester) for the US Transcript.

Brit. Lit I ( 1 Credit)

Semester 1

  • Shakespeare: A Merchant of Venice (set text for iGCSE edexcel and A level Cambridge)

Semester 2

  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (set text for iGCSE edexcel and A level Cambridge)

Additionally, a text of their choice from a chosen list of texts.

Required Materials: Oxford School Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, and Pride and Prejudice (Wordsworth Classics) by Jane Austen

Brit Lit II (1 Credit)

Semester 1

  • Dickens: Great Expectations

Semester 2

  • Selected works of C.S. Lewis
  • British Poetry
  • SAT Prep (if requested by students).

British History I ( 1 credit)

In this live class, we will explore Tudor England through the life of William Shakespeare and the Georgian Era through the life of Jane Austen.  To bring this era of British history into context through hands-on activities, students will create a dinner party/event each semester which includes:

  • including a guest list of famous people around the world, they research throughout the semester, including conversation starters & quotes;
  • menu, activities, music, and more. 
  • Each student will present their culminating project in a class presentation.

British History II (1 credit)

Semester 1

In this live class, we will explore Victorian England through the life of Charles Dickens.  To bring this era of British history into context through hands-on activities, students will create a dinner party/event each semester which includes:

  • a guest list of famous people around the world, they research throughout the semester, including conversation starters & quotes;
  • menu, activities, music, and more. 
  • Each student will present their culminating project in a class presentation.

Semester 2

  • 20th Century British History through the life and historical happenings of C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.

Join The British Literature & Contextual History Classes Today

We look forward to seeing you in these classes looking at great works of classic British literature, which have helped shape the history of Western Civilisation.

Choose from UK or USA model for classes looking at great works of classic British literature, which have helped shape the history of Western civilisation  as well as other secodary course for UK  & European home education students from AriseHomeEducation.com

Learn More About Using the USA Diploma & Transcript Model in the UK as Proof of Education

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