"English is a key subject in the core curriculum of the College..."



Our starting point, as teachers of English, is our awareness that each student entering the College already possesses significant Literacy skills which we will seek to develop and expand.  The study of Literature will be a key part of this process and it will also enable each student to enhance his capacity for making judgements of a social, moral and aesthetic nature and thus come to a deeper understanding of himself and of the world in which he lives.  Underpinning the work of the English Department is a positive embracement of new technologies to support and facilitate each student maximising their potential

English is a key subject in the core curriculum of the College and, in addition, flourishes at KS5 level.  If is, therefore, a major subject in its own right and also supports the work of other departments who all of course, require their students to communicate effectively in appropriate ways.  In turn we in the English Department whilst embracing our leading role in raising Literacy standards within the College, as outlined in ‘Count Read Succeed’, believe that all other departments must share responsibility for the teaching of Literacy sills.  ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’ is a vital concept and the English Department, working with all other Departments, seeks to accomplish this aim. 

   In addition to achieving academic excellence and examination success in English Language and English Literature, we wish all our students to acquire a ‘Language for Life’; to foster strong emotional intelligence skills to help each individual adapt to, and cope with, the demands of an ever changing 21st century world.   

Mr H Matheson (Head of Department)

Mr C Heaney

Ms P Hughes

Mrs C Campbell

Ms T Artherton

Mrs S McLaughlin

Miss J Keelan

It is hoped that this Handbook will establish our sense of common purpose within the Department; whilst at the same time leaving ample scope for the personal initiative which each member of the Department already exercises so effectively. 


Underpinning every aspect of the work of the English Department must be a strong commitment by us all to the ethos of teamwork and the need to treat both colleagues and students with a high degree of professional and personal respect.




Key Stage Three


  • Year 8 - 6 x 50 minute periods

  • Year 9 – 6 x 50 minute periods

  • Year 10 –6 x 50 minute periods


Key Stage Four (Inc examination entry procedures)


All students study English Language and English Literature at GCSE Level through CEA and are entered for higher tier.  In exceptional circumstances following consultation, in the first instance, between the class teacher and the HOD, and then HOD and the HOY/HOS, lower tier entry will only be processed if deemed necessary and will be implemented on strict case by case basis.  

  • Year 11 – 9 x 50 minute periods

  • Year 12 – 9 x 50 minute periods


Key Stage Five


English Literature at AS and A2 Level through CEA is offered within the College.  Applications must be made during the Spring Term of the academic year.


  • Year 13 – 11 x 50 minute periods

  • Year 14 – 11 x 50 minute periods


There are up to a maximum of 18 allocated places for the study of English Literature at A Level in each class grouping. The entrance requirements are as follows:


A*-B in GCSE English Literature

A*-B in English Language (with recommendations from English teacher also a requirement in identified cases of concern)




Students may be set 1-2 shorter home works per week.


Extended pieces of common homework are set in accordance with the departmental KS4 homework policy.


Yr 12 - Summer term: exam past paper questions set at least once a week.



External Exams


  • None


  • Exam skills preparation work is carried out in Year 11 in accordance with departmental programme of study.  (POS available on new College website)


  • Focus in Year 11 is the successful completion of controlled assessments and development of English skills


Controlled Coursework


Unit 3: Speaking and Listening (20%)    (Throughout terms1-3)

  • Individual presentation & interaction

  • Discussion

  • Role-Play


Unit 4: Studying spoken and written language and writing creatively (40%)

Task 1 ‘The study of spoken language’ (10%)     (1 hr 30mins) can be completed in more than one session.  (Work submitted end of April)


Task 2 ‘The study of written language’ (15%) exemplar questions below.  (1hr 30mins) (Work submitted by start of December)

  • Analyse the presentation of women in a literary text you have studied? (e.g. Macbeth /Of Mice & Men / Blood Brothers)

  • Analyse the presentation of conflict in a literary text you have studied?

  • Analyse how a sense of suspense has been created in a literary text you have studied?


Task 3 ‘Writing Creatively’ (15%) 2hrs - more than one session.  June Year 11/ September Year12

Choose one of the following themes as a focus for your writing.




External Exams


  • Summer Exam


  • Unit 1: - 1hr 30mins paper (20%)

    • Section A – Personal writing

    • Section B – Reading Multi-Modal Texts (E.G. DVD cover comparison)   


  • Unit 2:  1hr 30mins paper (20%)

    • Section A – Functional writing (Speech/Article...)

    • Section B - Reading Non-Fiction       


Controlled Coursework


Task 3 ‘Writing Creatively’ (15%) 2hrs - more than one session.  (June Year 11/ September Year 12)

Choose one of the following themes as a focus for your writing.


  • Love and/or Hate

  • Childhood

  • Openings and/or endings (2014/15 options)


Unit 3: Additional Speaking and Listening Assessment opportunities (20%)


  • Individual presentation & interaction

  • Discussion

  • Role-Play

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