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Key Stage 4

From September 2015 students will follow the new AQA specification in English Language and English Literature, which will be 100% examinations. Students will sit two papers for English Language and two papers for English Literature. These will be 'closed book' exams, which means students will not have access to the texts that they have studied during the course. Our current KS3 curriculum has been redesigned to support students ahead of the GCSE specification changes.


  • Reading responses to literary fiction; literary non-fiction and non-fiction
  • Writing - descriptive or narrative; writing to present a viewpoint


AQA English Language


Reading responses to a Shakespeare play; a 19th century novel; a modern prose or drama text; a series of contemporary and canonical poems; unseen poetry

AQA English Literature

The changes to the structure and content of the new English GCSEs means that it's vital that pupils be reading widely before they get to KS4. Pupils should have regular access to high quality contemporary and classic fiction, as well as a range of non-fiction texts such as newspapers, magazines, biographies and travel writing. Our KS3 curriculum focuses on precisely the reading and writing skills that they will be tested on in their terminal exams.

Year 10 Curriculum Outline
Year 11 Curriculum Outline


Help Your Students Prepare for Their GCSEs




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