Key Stage 4


KS4 English


The course of GCSE English covers both Literature and Language giving students the opportunity to gain two GCSE qualifications. At KS4, we aim to continue developing students’ interest, talent and enthusiasm for English. Students will take two GCSE awards in their lessons.

English Language

The study of English language allows students to demonstrate their ability in functional English, to investigate and analyse language and to experiment and use language creatively. Students will be required to read and understand a range of non-fiction texts, identify writers’ crafts and transfer these skills into their own writing for a range of genres, audiences and purposes.

Students will draw on a variety of text types to transfer and develop their reading skills. Students will also develop their writing skills, writing for purpose and showing an awareness of their audience. Students currently complete two creative writing controlled assessments, where they can demonstrate imagination their awareness of essential writing skills.  

English Literature

The study of English Literature allows students to experience a range of literature with a variety of appeal drawn from contemporary and modern texts. The course is based on a skills-based approach to the study of literature. This enables students to closely analyse texts and essentially become experts in reading and discussing texts. The course allows students to explore literature in detail, analysing writers’ intentions, methods, attitudes. Students will experience a range of literary genres such as: poetry, Shakespeare, modern prose and contemporary authors. Through literature, students will develop essential close reading skills and a passion for reading. In all aspects of English, understanding is improved by cultivating a reading habit. We encourage all students to read a wide range of books for pleasure and to discuss their reading choices with us.

Director of English: Mr R Howell




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