The Curriculum

Exam Board AQA

In accordance with the latest examination changes, all students will take two courses in English and gain GCSEs in both English Literature and English Language.

Year 9

All students will start their GCSE courses in Year 9.  Students will study William Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet,” a module on persuasive writing and writing from a particular viewpoint.  They will also develop a range of skills in both the reading and writing of fiction and non-fiction texts for different audiences, purposes and text types.

Year 10

Students will continue studying the two courses and will cover J. B Priestley’s play, “An Inspector Calls,” a selection of poetry from an anthology and Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “Jekyll and Hyde.” Alongside these texts, they will also develop analysis essay writing and creative writing skills.

Year 11

In the students’ final year we will revisit all the texts studied for the Literature examinations and work on specific examination techniques. We will also explore texts from different ages, genres and text types in preparation for the English Language examinations helping students to analyse unseen texts and write under exam conditions.

Progression Routes

The nature of the English course opens up opportunities for students to continue their studies by following A Levels at Bramcote College.  Courses such as English Literature, English Language, Media Studies and Performing Arts are offered, plus others which share similar skill bases, such as History, IT, Sociology and Geography.

For further information please speak to your English teacher, Mrs Towner (Alderman White) or Mrs Lee (The Bramcote School).