The department is following the AQA syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course begins during Year 9 and covers both language and literature content.
The topics taught for GCSE Language in Years 10-11 are ‘Explorations in Creative reading and writing’ and ‘Exploring writers’ viewpoints and perspectives’. Students sit two examinations for GCSE Language.
The topics taught for GCSE Literature in Years 10-11 are ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, Power and Conflict poetry and Unseen poetry. Students sit two examinations for GCSE Literature.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded two qualifications – English Language and English Literature. Both qualifications are graded 1-9.
Every unit of work has a bespoke knowledge organiser. Your child must use these throughout their English journey. These organisers contain vital information, which can be used to assist with their learning and support their revision. It is expected that students attend lessons with their Knowledge Organisers and revise them as homework.
Your child must attend their English lessons with appropriate equipment. This must include:
- a private reading book
- knowledge organisers
- a selection of pens and pencils (KBA 15)
- a dictionary