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At KS3, we ensure that the pupils explore a variety of texts and language. This is explored through writing, reading and speaking & listening; allowing pupils to express their ability with these essential skills.

Year 7

Pupils will study novels, poetry and traditional literature; for example, William Shakespeare. Year 7 are assessed on these, and prepared for such assessments throughout their secondary school life.

Year 8

Pupils will study texts and develop critical writing skills. They will increase their analytical skills, as they will respond to media sources and war poetry.


English Language GCSE AQA 8700

English Language is an exciting and thought-provoking course for all GCSE pupils. Pupils find this course intellectually stimulating and valuable; it is an appropriate balance between exploring more traditional texts, non-fiction texts and modern approaches to English. There are also speaking and listening opportunities, allowing pupils to create characters and participate in engaging and lively group discussions and debates.

Topic Covered:

The subject has two main components: reading and writing. These skills are demonstrated and assessed through two examinations (100%). Spoken Language is assessed and a separate grade will be awarded for this element. Pupils have the opportunity to be creative, analytical and reflective through English Language.


Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing—50% (external examination consisting of one paper) Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives—50% (external examination consisting on one paper)

Course progression:

The course is an excellent springboard for post-16 education in Art based subjects. Many of the skills developed through English Language are fundamental to functional skills needed beyond the context of the classroom. There is a clear link between this course and A-Level English Language and Literature.


The English Language course suits any career progression in wide range of professions including Teaching, Media, Journalism, Law and the Arts. Due to the transferable skills associated with the course, a good grade in English Language is desirable to any employer.

English Literature GCSE AQA 8702

The English Literature course journeys through some of the most well-known and cutting-edge titles in Literature. It ranges from the study of Shakespeare to that of the current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage. Whether you are studying Literature from 1600 or 2000, this captivating course will open your mind to the wider world. Independent thought is encouraged and pupils find the course eye-opening and rewarding.

Topics Covered:

The English Literature course develops analytical skills and encourages pupils to think deeply about a range of topics and issues. The Shakespeare element of the examination allows pupils to study ’Macbeth’ one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, in detail. There is also the opportunity to study a 19th-century novel, Frankenstein, in depth. The poetry and modern texts examination features some of the best contemporary writing published today. This course allows the opportunity to explore both heritage and contemporary literature.


100% of the assessment is through external examination spread over two papers: Shakespeare and the 19th-Century Novel—40% Modern Texts and Poetry—60%

Course Progression:

The English Literature course is an excellent basis for studying English Language and Literature and/or Media Studies at post-16. The analytical skills developed throughout the course also link well to Humanities subjects.


A GCSE in English Literature is a natural starting point for any profession where analysis is essential and for jobs that rely on good English skills. A good grade in English Literature is very attractive for employers as it shows you have an enquiring and analytical mind.