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What are the aims of the course?
The course aims to provide all students with the opportunity to become skilled, confident communicators in written and spoken English.

  • Students will learn how to:
  • Communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Listen to and participate in discussion;
  • Structure and organise their speech;
  • Read with insight and engagement;
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion;
  • Write accurately using Standard English;
  • Adapt writing to suit different purposes and audiences;
  • Respond to texts from a wide variety of genres.
  • Select and evaluate information from their reading;
  • Effectively organise and plan their writing;

What topics will I study?
You will study and create a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including Shakespeare, 20th century drama, creative writing, poems from other cultures, poems of the English Heritage, prose and the media.

What examination will I take?

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are assessed by their teachers, using the 1 - 9 GCSE grading marking criteria.

Pupils begin the GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses in Year 9.

All pupils in Year 11 take the AQA examinations in GCSE English Language (2 papers) and GCSE English Literature (2 papers).

What is involved with the GCSE examinations?

New GCSE English Language:
2 Examinations at the end of Year 11
New GCSE English Literature:
2 Examinations at the end of Year 11

What independent study will I have to undertake?
There are ample opportunities for independent study and students are encouraged to express their own views and opinions.

Reading a wide range of texts outside school is essential if you are aiming to achieve the highest grades.