AS General Paper Year 12

Explanation of Course - and Expectations

AS General Paper is a subject that links both with the Secondary School English curriculum, as well as exploring a wide variety of other topics of which all students should be aware. Current World Affairs are discussed, as well as topics of a more general nature. As the subject is classed as an English First Language subject proficiency in English essay writing is essential. Students wishing to take this course should have attained at least a 'C' grade in IGCSE First Language English, or a 'B' grade in IGCSE Second Language English.


This course has no textbook - rather, its textbook is the world around us! Students who wish to progress in this subject are encouraged to become avid readers, become dedicated TV news watchers and become questioners! 'Why?' should be the word on every General Paper students lips! In this case 'Curiosity won't kill the cat' - it'll ensure a more rounded approach to answering the questions of our time!

Classwork and Homework

Lessons involve a lot of discussion and brainstorming, the occasional video and a great deal of writing. 'Best practice' is taught to hone writing skills and attention is drawn to adequate planning to ensure a sequentially logical essay. Homework is given weekly - and will take the form of a written essay (or similar written exercise) or research for completion a number of days hence.

New lessons are taught four times a week although the topic being covered may last a week in itself. Students are expected to keep up with all assignments and hand work in at the required time.

Work not handed in on time is not graded.

Term 1 gives students the opportunity to hone their writing skills to cope with the pressure of the external examinations. Students also receive a copy of the curriculum at the beginning of the year. Students may also access the curriculum at