Key Stage 4 Pathways

English Language and English Literature


All students will study English Language and English Literature achieving two GCSE qualifications.

How will I be assessed?

For GCSE English Literature, students will study a wide range of literature, including pre-20th Century novel, a Shakespearean play, a selection of poetry which explores the themes of Power and Conflict as well as a play written in the 20th Century. Students will develop their ability to write analytical essays which demonstrate their reading skills.

For GCSE English Language students will develop a range of writing skills which will explore a variety of genres, audiences and purposes. Students will also study and respond to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to prepare for the unseen aspect of the GCSE English language examinations.

In both GCSE English Language and Literature students will also be assessed on the quality of their written communication. Students will need to focus on the spelling, punctuation and grammar to maximise their chances of GCSE success.

GCSE English Language and English Literature are examined at the end of Year 11. Students will complete two English Language and two English Literature exams. The English Language exams will both focus on unseen texts and English Literature will focus on specific texts that have been studied beforehand.

What could my next steps be?

After completing GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, students might consider pursuing English Literature at A-Level in our Sixth Form.

Mr Sisson (Head of English) -