Key Stage 3

Across KS3 students are introduced to a wide range of challenging reading material and are also encouraged to develop their individual writing skills with a focus on real audiences and purposes. Schemes of Learning follow National Curriculum guidelines and aim to offer students a diverse, enriching and inspiring experience in English.

Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in a range of Spoken Language activities which will enable them to develop skills applicable to life both within and outside of school.

Key Stage 4

GCSE English and English Literature

During Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA – 8700  syllabus for GCSE English. The programme of study is separated into three areas: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives and Spoken Language.

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts.  They will have opportunities to develop higher order reading and critical thinking skills and will be continually focusing on their ability to read fluently and write effectively.

Students will also take AQA  (8702) GCSE Literature. Students will study a range of texts including a Shakespeare play, a 19th Century novel, a modern drama or prose text and a 15 poem cluster provided by AQA.

Students will be developing their critical reading skills and learning to compare texts.  Students will also acquire understanding of those social and historical influences which have combined to produce a particular book, play or poem. They will be helped to make mature responses to literature and to interpret a range of texts.

Examinations are untiered and students will be awarded numerically between 1 and 9.

AQA –  GCSE English

All texts in the examination will be unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Non Examination Assessment: Spoken Language
  • 1hr 15mins
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • 1hr 45 mins
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Teacher set and marked
  • 0% of GCSE
Section A : one literature fiction text
Section B: Descriptive or narrative writing
Section A: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction texts

Section B: writing to present a viewpoint


Responding to questions and feedback

Use of Standard English


AQA –  GCSE English Literature


Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th – century novel Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
  • 1hr 45 mins
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • 2hr 15 mins
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE
Section A: Shakespeare

Section B: The 19th Century novel

Section A: Modern prose/Drama text

Section B: Poetry Anthology comparative response

Section C: Unseen poetry comparative response


More  detailed information on the syllabus is available to download from the AQA website – www.aqa.org.uk


Key Stage 5

Students have the choice of studying AQA English Literature or Language. Both are popular subject choices and allow students to further develop skills learned at GCSE level.

AQA English Literature A  (7711/7712)

Modules include:

  • Love through the ages – to include Shakespeare, poetry and prose
  • Independent Critical study (coursework)
  • Texts in Shared contexts – WW1 and its aftermath


The course is an enjoyable and challenging venture. The chosen specification takes a historicist approach to the study of literature and encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Students will be encouraged to develop their personal wider reading during the course.  A full reading list will be available from the appropriate member of staff on request.

AQA English Language (7701/7702)

Modules include:

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Childrens Language Development
  • Language Diversity and Change
  • Language Discourses
  • Writing Skills
  • Language Investigation
  • Original Writing


This course offers students the opportunity to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses.  Students will explore the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views.

For further information please contact Mrs L Harris.



Key Stage 4

GCSE Media

During this Key Stage 4 option, students follow the AQA Media Studies 4812 single award. The programme of study in Year 10 is separated into three areas of coursework. Currently these are: DVD Packaging and Marketing, Film Promotion, Magazine Research, Planning and Construction. In Year 11 students sit a 1hr 30mins exam. The content of the exam changes annually, in the past this has included: The Promotion and Marketing of Video Games, Action Adventure Films, TV News, Television Crime Drama.

In their coursework students will produce analytical responses to existing pieces of media, and have the opportunity to produce their own practical pieces in response. They will have opportunities to produce original DVD Packaging, Film Posters and Film Trailer Storyboards as well as completing a unit project on magazines. Students will be expected to produce a research project on a magazine genre of their choice, produce 4 pages of their own magazine and write an evaluative essay on their practical. Students get to enjoy using their creativity, ICT skills, photography abilities and develop their English analytical and writing skills.

Examinations are untiered.

More  detailed information on the syllabus is available to download from the AQA website – www.aqa.org.uk

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their subject expertise by exploring the four key concepts of Media: Language, Audience, Institution and Representation.  Students will explore not just the artistic side of Media, but also the legalities, financial elements and impact on society. There is an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue independent lines of enquiry and complete research projects.

For further information please contact Miss Hooper.


Film Studies

 A Level    

Exam Board – WJEC

Film studies is an exciting subject that is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the 20th century, and a cultural form still of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. Film studies employs the key skills used in any English based subject: reflection, critical analysis, engagement with ideas, attitudes and imagination. Film studies also offers a wonderful opportunity for cross curricular learning with other A Level subjects in particular: English Language, English Literature, Photography, Sociology, Psychology and History.

Film and Media is one of the most stable industries with hundreds of potential jobs. It is an industry that has historically thrived and persisted during recessions, and is one of the fastest growing employers of graduates and young people in Britain, India and America.

The course involves studying Cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. Students will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. The key idea that underpins all analysis is the study of Cinema as a medium which creates a specific, and often sensitive, relationship between spectator and film.

There are practical, creative, critical and analytical elements to the course, with students producing a short film sequence in the form of film, still images or storyboard.


At AS, the course is split into two key units:

Exploring Film Form (internally assessed 40%)  Consisting of:

  • One analytical essay of a chosen extract from a film of candidate’s choice (1500 words – 30 marks)
  • One creative project based on a film sequence or short film (50 marks)

British and American Film
External Assessment – 2½ hours Written Paper.  (60% of AS)

  • Three questions, one from each section:


Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film (40 marks)

Section B: Topics in British Film (40 marks)

Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films (40 marks)

At A2, skills are developed further through students’ production of a research task and creative project. External exams also test students’ abilities to explore Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates through questions on World Cinema topics, Spectatorship topics and a Single Film – Critical Study.