Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

English within Key Stage 3 is used as a foundation to the skills required for GCSE and beyond is a literacy, using the AQA specification and assessment criteria. This allows for a seamless transition across key stages. Lessons will provide literacy based objectives to consolidate skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students will study a range of thematic topics over the two year course, each focusing on the development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Students will be encouraged to read for pleasure, with reading opportunities playing an integral part of lessons.

Key Information

  • Lessons per week
    • Year 7: 3 sessions
    • Year 8: 4 sessions

Year 7

Autumn 1 Fantasy Fiction – Reading for meaning:

Students will study a class novel –

*Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

*The Lord of the Rings

*The Hobbit


Autumn 2 Travel Writing:

Students will explore writing for a range of audiences, purposes and forms

Spring 1 Texts from other cultures:

Students will study a range of prose and poetry.

Spring 2 Poetry and performance
Summer 1 Introduction into modern drama:

Students will study a range of modern plays.

Summer 2 Shakespeare in context:

Students will research the historical background and study a range of Shakespeare extracts.


Year 8

Autumn 1 The Victorian novel – Contextual readings:

Students will study a class novel –

*Oliver Twist


*The Ruby in the Smoke

*Turn of the Screw

Autumn 2 Mission to Mars:

Students will look at persuasive and descriptive writing as they embark on a space adventure.

Spring 1 Gothic Literature:

Students will look at a range of poetry and prose as an introduction to the genre.

Spring 2 Drama from other cultures:

Students will extend their learning from Year 7 as they focus on cultural drama.

Summer 1 Identity and community:

An exploration of non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts.

Summer 2 Shakespeare Play:

Students will study a Shakespeare comedy, focusing on character and theme


To find out more information about this course, you can email english@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

The new GCSE English Language and Literature specifications are designed to be delivered together to offer pupils with a range of skills appropriate to Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening.

The content of the conjoined courses spans centuries, covering some of the greatest writers in British fiction, and offering pupils an opportunity to respond to a range of different text types, from prose, to drama, to poetry.

One of the key principles of the specification is that pupils are trained to analyse the works of great writers in order to appreciate the nuances of the English language and understand how to construct and present information in a range of different ways. Alongside this pupils will be hone and craft their own writing styles, producing creative and imaginative responses to help meet the demands of the new 9-1 GCSEs.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA English Language and English Literature
  • Lessons per week: 3 sessions

Examination Details

English Language

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes 50%
    • Exploration in creative reading and writing
    • Section A: Unseen literature fiction text.
    • Section B: descriptive or narrative writing
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes 50%
    • Writers’ viewpoints an Perspectives
    • Section A: One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
    • Section B: writing to present a viewpoint

 English Literature

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes 40%
    • Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel
  • Paper 2: 2 hours and 15 minutes 60%
    • Modern texts and Poetry

Year 9

Autumn 1 Descriptive writing trail.

Pupils will study the conventions of descriptive writing.  Through exploring a range of other writers, pupils will develop their own writing skills.

Autumn 2 Class Novel:

Pupils will study a class novel, revising language analysis skills

Spring 1 Poetry – An Introduction  

Pupils to study a range of poetry to equip them with the skills to tackle unseen poems  

Spring 2 Non-Fiction and Literary non-Fiction – An Introduction 

Pupils to study a range of texts, learning the key skills needed for the English Language GCSE; from summarising, analysing, to comparing.

Summer 1 Shakespeare Play

Introduction to KS4 drama texts

Summer 2 Creative responses

Pupils to respond creatively to the texts studied across the year, working together to hone extra-curricular and PLTS in preparation for the yearly exhibition, which follows their end of year test.


Year 10

Autumn 1 19th Century Novel

Pupils to study a novel from the relevant context, drawing on elements of the writer’s craft

Autumn 2 Descriptive and Narrative writing

Pupils to use a range of stimuli to plan and prepare a range of creative writing responses.

Spring 1 Poetry Collection

Pupils to study a GCSE collection of poetry

Spring 2 Non-Fiction and Literary non-Fiction

Pupils to study a range of texts, drawing on skills needed for the English Language GCSE; from summarising, analysing, to comparing.

Summer 1 Drama/Contemporary Drama

Pupils to study a second drama text to revise exam skills in producing written analytical responses in closed book conditions

Summer 2 Transactional Writing

Core writing skills, bringing together elements of creative writing (Autumn 2) and honing in preparation for the second Language paper.


WJEC English Language

WJEC English Language is a course designed to equip pupils with the skills to read, analyse and respond to a range of texts, from literary fiction to non-fiction texts. The core skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening are delivered in a series of challenging Controlled Assessment tasks which build skills and knowledge at pace, so that pupils are well placed to take unseen examinations at the end of the academic year.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: WJEC English Language
  • Lessons per week: 3 sessions

Examination Details

Unit 1: Studying Written Language

Reading Non-Fiction text 30%

This unit will test through structured questions the reading of two non-fiction texts.  Non-fiction texts may include: fact-sheets, leaflets, letters, extracts from autobiographies, biographies, diaries, advertisements, reports, articles and digital and multi-modal texts of various kinds from newspapers and magazines, brochures and the internet.  Visual material will always be included in the material used.

Unit 2: Using written language – information and ideas 30%

This unit will test transactional and discursive writing through two equally weighted tasks.  Across the two tasks candidates will be offered opportunities to write for a range of audiences and purposes, adapting style to form and real-life context in, for example, letters, articles, leaflets, reviews etc.


Year 11



Unit 3: Literary Reading and Creative writing.

Studying Written Language: Task based on a novel previously studied

Creative writing: one descriptive and one narrative piece

Unit 4: Studying Spoken Language

Study of how people behave in different contexts and the impact this has on the way they speak.

Autumn 2
Spring 1 Exam Preparation:

Pupils will be studying at a range of non-fiction text and linking the skills to their own writing.

Spring 2
Summer 1 Exam Revision
Summer 2 Exam Season


To find out more information about this course, you can email english@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 – A Level

A Level English Language and Literature (ELLA) is a course that will build on the skills that you have developed in both your English Language and Literature GCSEs. The main aim of the course is to provide you with a range of experiences that you will allow you to understand how texts are created to have the greatest of effects, be they fiction or non-fiction; poetry, prose or drama. This will involve you both creating and analysing, giving you a fully rounded ‘English’ experience.

The course is a fantastic combination of language and literature study and allows you to not only study a range of poetry, prose and drama, but will push your boundaries of considering literature and the manner in which you write.

Key Information

  • Exam Boad: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 2 x 2.5 hour sessions

Year 12

Autumn 1 Introduction to Language

Key texts: Paris Anthology, A Streetcar Named Desire

Autumn 2 Contextual Influences

Key text: Paris Anthology

Literary Criticism

Key Text: The Handmaid’s Tale

Spring 1 Comparative Skills

Key text: The poetry of John Donne

Recreative Writing

Key text: Paris Anthology

Spring 2
Summer 1 Revision Programme
Summer 2 Non-Examined Assessment


Year 13

Autumn 1 Non-Examined Assessment
Autumn 2 Critical Commentary of Themes

Key text: Othello

Spring 1 Recasting and Developing Commentaries

Key text: The Great Gatsby

Spring 2 Developing Skills for A Level

Key texts: Paris Anthology, A Streetcar Named Desire, the poetry of John Donne, The Handmaid’s Tale

Summer 1 Revision Programme
Summer 2


To find out more information about this course, you can email english@heathpark.net.