KS4 - GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature
Students can expect six lessons of English a week at KS4. We follow a two year linear course. Examinations are taken at the end of year 11 and students sit two exams for their GCSE English language and two exams for GCSE English literature. We follow the Edexcel specification and study a range of texts, including Romeo and Juliet, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, relationships poetry and An Inspector Calls.
From the start of year 10 we develop and enhance the skills required to be successful, focusing on key literacy skills. Within the spoken aspect of the course, students will learn key skills in communication and presentation. In English language students will develop their ability to read both fiction and non-fiction, and write imaginatively. Finally, in literature students will learn how to read and interpret texts, and compare writer’s ideas and techniques.
In 2020, 72% of KS4 students achieved a grade 4-9 in English language and English literature. The department has an excellent programme for intervention, and we also frequently organise additional sessions with outside lecturers to meet the needs of the most able and academic students. We regularly enter national competitions like Young Writers, and in the past many of our students have placed and been published.
KS5 - A Level English Literature
At KS5 students can choose to work towards an A Level in English Literature, and will have five lessons a week following the AQA Specification A programme of study. This course analyses a wide range of texts from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to gothic literature, modern poetry and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’. For the coursework element students can choose their own texts to analyse and compare.
English Literature is a popular subject at A Level and provides an excellent springboard into Law, Teaching, Lecturing, and job roles such as; Marketing Executive, Media researcher, Public Relations Officer, Social Media Manager.