“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Franz Kafka

Subject Intent:

  • To foster a lifelong love of literature through access to the best that has been thought and written, inspiring our students to be creative, curious and critical readers, writers and speakers.
  • To develop students who can communicate successfully and confidently, expressing their ideas and opinions verbally and in a range of written formats.
  • Using the importance of story to examine the human condition, exploring the world and our place within it.


GCSE Examination Board: AQA

GCSE English Language Assessment Method:
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%; 1 hour 45 minutes)
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%; I hour 45 minutes)
Non-Examined Assessment: Spoken Language (separate endorsement)

GCSE English Literature Examination Method:
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (40%; 1 hour 45 minutes)
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60%; 2 hours 15 minutes)

A Level Examination Board: AQA

A Level English Literature A Assessment Method:
Paper 1: Love Through the Ages (40%; 2 hours 30 minutes)
Paper 2: Literature, Post 1945 (40%; 3 hours)

Non-exam assessment: Coursework – comparing texts (20%; One 2500 word essay)

Where English and English Literature can take you:

English will equip you with strong communication skills that will always be relevant whichever career path you choose. There is widespread demand for strong communication skills in every industry; therefore, as students of English and English Literature, you will have a wealth of opportunities available to you. Careers where strong communication and written English skills are a priority include media and journalism; publishing; law; academia and teaching; advertising, PR and marketing as well as research assistant roles for a whole variety of different projects, from science to archaeology.