Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7 and 8?

You will work towards a GCSE qualification in English Language and English Literature.  These GCSE qualifications offer the opportunity to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of a range of text types and their context.  You will develop your ability to read critically, comparing a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.    You will also develop your ability to write for different purposes and audiences, adapting your vocabulary and style accordingly.

How will I learn?

The course is essentially classroom based but you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through other media such as the use of the internet, to conduct your own research on many of the elements studied.

You will also get plenty of opportunities to discuss your responses to the subject as well as completion of speaking and listening components.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

All pupils have a variety of interests and there is scope within the Language course for you to write and share these interests with others.  You need to have the ability to be able to work on your own as well as part of a group in, for example, speaking and listening exercises.  You will also have the chance to develop your ICT skills further.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

The development of language skills is a fundamental part of the education process for all individuals.  Elements studied in this course will have an impact on all subjects which in turn opens the door to all sorts of opportunities.  English Language GCSE is now an essential requirement for movement into further education and training.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

You will work towards a GCSE qualification in English Language and English Literature.  These qualifications offer the opportunity to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of a range of text types and their context.  You will develop your ability to read critically, comparing a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.    You will also develop your ability to write for different purposes and audiences, adapting your vocabulary and style accordingly.

How will I learn?

The course is essentially classroom based but you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through other media such as the use of the internet, to conduct your own research on many of the elements studied.

You will also get plenty of opportunities to discuss your responses to the subject as well as completion of speaking and listening components.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

All pupils have a variety of interests and there is scope within the Language course for you to write and share these interests with others.  You need to have the ability to be able to work on your own as well as part of a group in, for example, speaking and listening exercises.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

The development of language skills is a fundamental part of the education process for all individuals.  Elements studied in this course will have an impact on all subjects which in turn opens the door to all sorts of opportunities.  English Language GCSE is now an essential requirement for movement into further education and training.

Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7 and 8?

You will work towards a GCSE qualification in English Literature.  This GCSE offers the opportunity to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of Literature today and the English Literary Heritage.  Texts studied include Shakespeare plays, poetry, novels and a range of literary fiction extracts.

How will I learn?

The course is essentially classroom based but you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through other media such as the use of the internet, to conduct your own research on many of the elements studied.

You will also get plenty of opportunities to discuss your responses to the subject in preparation for your examination units.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

All pupils have a variety of interests and there is scope within the Literature course for you to write and share these interests with others.  You need to have the ability to be able to work on your own as well as part of a group.  You will also have the chance to develop your ICT skills further.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

The development of the skills of critically analysing texts complement the skills you develop when studying for English Language.  Elements studied in this course will have an impact on all subjects which in turn opens the door to all sorts of opportunities.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

You will work towards a GCSE qualification in English Literature.  This GCSE offers the opportunity to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of a range of text types and their context.  You will develop your ability to read critically.  Students study four modules, all externally assessed by two final exams.  The first exam tests their ability to respond to a Drama and Prose text.  The second exam tests their ability to respond to Poetry and Unseen texts.

How will I learn?

The course is essentially classroom based but you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through other media such as the use of the internet, to conduct your own research on many of the elements studied.

You will also get plenty of opportunities to discuss your responses to the subject.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

All pupils have a variety of interests and there is scope within the Literature course for you to write and share these interests with others.  You need to have the ability to be able to work on your own as well as part of a group in, for example, speaking and listening exercises.  You will also have the chance to develop your ICT skills further.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

The development of analytical skills is a fundamental part of the education process for all individuals.  Elements studied in this course will have an impact on all subjects which in turn opens the door to all sorts of opportunities.