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Course outline

In Year 9, students start to study For GCSE Language and Literature. They will be following the new specification and sitting English Language in Year 10 and English Literature in Year 11.

In Language they will study a variety of texts from different eras, learning how to apply the examination questions to these. They will also practise writing tasks in order to become fluent, skillful writers.

Literature involves studying poetry, a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and a more modern play, as well as other supplementary texts.


What type of student succeeds at GCSE?

English consists of two demanding subjects and a love of books is helpful for both Language and Literature. A sense of enjoyment from analysing texts is also useful.



Students receive homework every lesson. English is best learned through extensive reading and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. It is important for students to read other texts beyond those set for the exams. Students will also practise exam questions regularly for each text.