At Kettering Buccleuch Academy, the English department follows the AQA syllabus at Key Stage 4 and offers students the opportunity to gain two qualifications by the end of the course - English Language and English Literature. We believe that our KS4 course is engaging, inspiring and challenging for students of all abilities.
The English Language qualification consists of two papers, both equal in weighting. Paper 1: ‘Explorations in Creative reading and writing’ and Paper 2: ‘Exploring writers’ viewpoints and perspectives’. Each paper consists of a reading section (based on unseen extracts) and a writing section. Students can achieve grades 1-9 in English Language.
The English Literature qualification consists for two papers. Paper 1: ‘Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel’ and Paper 2: ‘Modern texts and poetry’. At KBA, our students study Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry and unseen poetry. However, we do encourage our students to read a range of texts in their free time to allow their passion for literature to flourish. Students are not allowed to take their texts into the examinations so they must study these texts both in and out of lessons. Students can achieve grades 1-9 in English Literature.