Course: English Literature and Language

English Literature Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments.

Paper 1 is 1hour 45 minutes and examines the pupils' understanding of their studied texts:

Section A: Students analyse an extract from Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth

Section B: Students analyse an extract from their pre-19th century text A Christmas Carol

Paper 2 is 2hours 15minutes:

Section A: Pupils have a choice of 2 questions related to An Inspector Calls

Section B: Students analyse and compare poems from their studied poetry anthology (Power and Conflict) as well as analyse two unseen poems and compare them.

English Language Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments, each 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Paper 1:

Section A: Students analyse and evaluate writers' use of language and structure

Section B: Students produce a creative and imaginative piece of writing

Paper 2:

Section A: Students analyse and compare writers' use of language and perspectives in 2 non-fiction texts

Section B: Students must write for a specific purpose, audience and form

Grading Structure: 1 -9

Exam board Website: AQA

Course Specification: AQA English

Progress 8 Slot: English/Open slot

Head of Department: Mrs K Dodds

Course Description

KS3: Core Subject

KS4: Core Subject

KS5: Option

All students in years 7 and 8 will study a range of non-fiction, modern texts, poetry and pre 21st century literature, and study the works of Shakespeare. These include, for example: "Sherlock Holmes", "Oliver Twist" and "Shakespeare". Learners are encouraged to be independent and innovative towards their own learning and critical thinking.

Students receive five 50 minute lessons per week.

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work has been created to follow the National Curriculum and aspects of the National Literacy Strategy while providing a building block for pupils to access the new GCSE specification.

Students are assessed on a half-termly basis according to the assessment foci pupils have studied in that time. Assessments are comment marked in order for pupils to identify their weak areas and know how to improve. Redraft lessons are encouraged to support pupils achieve their full potential.

All students in Years 9,10 and 11 will study for AQA English Language and Literature GCSE. These are two separate qualifications. For each qualification, pupils will complete two examinations. Their studies will focus on building their knowledge of texts, how to decode unseen texts and writing skills.

Department statement

In the English department at Red House Academy, our vision is to develop students who articulate their thoughts and opinions from reading a rich array of literature. We encourage learners to engage and explore a range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, so that they have a secure understanding of history, culture and current affairs. Discovering new characters, plots and scenes, pupils can shape their own writing to be imaginative, engaging and innovative.


  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Blogger
  • Lawyer
  • Editor
  • Media/Advertising
  • Social Media Manager

Useful resource links:

GCSE Bitesize, Mr Bruff, CGP

Extra Curricular:

The English Department offers a wide range of Extra Curricular activities under the banner of Progress Clubs. They aim to support pupils' progression and enjoyment within English