Key Stage Three Curriculum

In Years 7 to 9, the English curriculum provides a solid foundation of skills in core areas, facilitating progress towards GCSE. Students are encouraged to pursue a love of reading, through the introduction to a range of modern and classic texts across different genres, including authors from the literary canon.  At least one Shakespeare play will be studied in full, with opportunities for creative and dramatic responses. Students also take advantage of modern technologies to enhance their learning, carrying out research projects and presentations, as well as using iPads to create graphic novels and short films. Aspects of functional literacy, are revisited and consolidated in lessons. Assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening take place each term.

Key Stage Four Curriculum

English is a core subject, studied by all pupils in Years 10 and 11.  The examination courses aim to provide students with a well-rounded curriculum, focusing on communication skills, text analysis, as well as directed writing and composition. In Years 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to gain two separate qualifications: English Language and English Literature. These courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and terminal examination.

English Language

The English Language course focuses on developing students’ ability to read critically and appreciate the use of language and structure in a wide variety of texts. Their ability to write accurately and effectively using a wide vocabulary and range of grammatical structures is a key focus of the course.

English Literature

The English Literature course is designed to foster enjoyment and appreciation of all types of texts, encouraging independent reading skills which may extend beyond the curriculum. Students will analyse and evaluate novels, plays and poetry, considering aspects of language, structure and form.  Texts studied in recent years include Macbeth, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and An Inspector Calls, as well as poetry from the AQA Anthology.

Key Stage Five Curriculum

English Language

English Language at AS and A2 Level is aimed at those students who are curious to learn more about the linguistic side of the subject.  It provides an interesting departure from English at GCSE Level. Students will consider the nature of language, exploring varied and diverse examples of spoken and written sources as well as the influence society and culture has on language use.  They will also produce a language investigation and a related piece of original writing.

Topics studied include: Language Levels, Language and Texts, Language and People, The Language of Children, Language Change and Language in the World.

English Literature

The AS and A Level courses in English Literature involve the close study of a range of texts, both Pre-Twentieth and Twentieth Century.  Students will be required to read and analyse a range of novels, plays, poetry and literary criticism using a broadly historicist approach. The A Level course requires an Independent Comparative Critical Study.

Topics studied include:  Love Through The Ages, Texts in Shared Contexts (Modern Literature 1945-to present).

Exam Board Information

Qualification: AS and A2 English Literature

  • Year of Examination Entry: AS exams 2016, A2 exams 2017
    • Examination Board and Code: AQA Specification A, 7711 (AS), 7712 (A2)

Qualification: AS and A2 English Language

  • Year of Examination Entry: AS exams 2016, A2 exams 2017
    • Examination Board and Code: AQA, 7701 (AS),  7702 (A2)


Qualification:  GCSE English Literature

  • Year of Examination Entry: From 2017
    • Examination Board and Code: AQA, 8702

Qualification: iGCSE English Language

  • Year of Examination Entry: From 2017
    • Examination Board and Code: Cambridge, 0500