KS4 Current year 10 and 11

Students complete their two English qualifications, English Language iGCSE (Cambridge) and English Literature GCSE (AQA)

What will I study as part of iGCSE English Language?

Coursework: Three pieces of writing covering argument, description and response to a text – assessing your writing skills.

Speaking and listening: A 10 minute recorded exam where you explain a topic to the examiner

Exam: A core or extended exam will be taken at the end of year 11 – this assesses your reading skills

What will I study as part of GCSE English Literature?

Unit 1:   Exploring modern texts

Unit 2:   Poetry across time

Unit 3:   The significance of Shakespeare and the English literary heritage

How will I learn this?

English Language

Students will study non-fiction texts as part of their reading skills. The will write to explain, describe and persuade as part of their coursework tasks. They will also develop a presentation on a topic of their choice for the speaking and listening exam.

English Literature

Students study an anthology of short stories. They explore culture using the novel from their English Language studies ‘Of Mice and Men’.   Poetry is explored using a cluster of 15 poems comparing them in an exam essay. They will learn how to analyse poetry.

For Unit 3 students will study ‘Macbeth’ alongside ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and produce an essay comparing aspects of the two texts.

What is the exam format?

Controlled Assessments

These take place throughout Year 10 and Year 11 for both English subjects

Final Examination

There is a final exam for English Language iGCSE and two exams for English Literature GCSE taking place in the Summer Term of Year 11

Exam Board:   AQA (Literature)  Cambridge (Language)

What careers might this lead to?

English skills are vital to the majority of careers. Students who excel in English may consider careers in journalism, teaching, law, drama, media, marketing and communications.

Year 9 Students begin their study for the new GCSEs.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Language paper 1 prep -19th, 20th and 21st C extracts. analysing and commenting on author language choice . 19th C novel- A Christmas Carol 19th C novel analysis Analysing key quotes Power and Conflict poetry – reading and analysing. Power and Conflict poetry – reading and analysing. Language paper 2 skills

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

English department You Tube channel – revision resources


Revision World

AQA Exam Board


Spark Notes

Other useful websites:

(log on codes available from your English teacher)



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