KS4 English


In Years 10 and 11, pupils study English Language and English Literature. Both are two year GCSE courses, delivered through the AQA examination board. The GCSE courses involve a number of written examinations with some speaking and listening assessments. Pupils are supported with regular revision classes and, if necessary, targeted tuition that involves more personalised support.

Pupils are provided with an overview at the start of Year 10 but more specific guidance is provided as both courses progress.

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3



Descriptive and narrative writing skills.


‘Power and conflict’ poetry (AQA anthology).


Literary fiction reading skills.


‘The Sign of Four’.

Preparation for Year 10 internal examination.


Non-fiction writing skills.

Preparation for Year 10 internal examination.

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

‘An Inspector Calls’.


Preparation for pre-mock and mock examinations.


Preparation for post-mock examinations.


Revision of all set texts.

Unseen poetry.

Language and Literature:

Final exam preparation and revision.

 Assessment dates:

  • Regular, whole-school assessment weeks will take place during the year, where assessments will be conducted in lessons in examination conditions. All assessment questions are based upon the question types and skills that pupils will need to master for A-level. Examples are as follows:

English Language

List four things from this part of the text about…

How does the writer use language here to describe…?

How has the writer structured the text to interest you as a reader?

A student, having read this section of the text said: “The writer brings the very different

characters to life for the reader. It is as if you are inside the coach with them.” To what extent do you agree?

Write a description suggested by this picture.

Write the opening part of a story about…

English Literature

Starting with this speech, explain how far you think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as a powerful woman. Write about:

  • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in this speech
  • how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in the play as a whole.

How does Priestley explore responsibility in ‘An Inspector Calls’.

Compare the ways poets present ideas about power in ‘Ozymandias’ and in one other poem from ‘Power and conflict’.

  • Year 10 internal examinations will take place in the Summer Term of Year 10.
  • Year 11 mock examinations will take place in the Autumn Term of Year 11. Post-mock examinations will take place in the Spring Term of Year 11.
  • External examination dates:

English Language:

05.06.18 (am) Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing (1h45m)

08.06.18 (am) Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (1h45m)

English Literature:

22.05.18 (am) Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (1h45m)

25.05.18 (am) Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (2h15m)


English homework is set twice per week as an extension of the curriculum, and as preparation for next lessons. Typically, homework may consist of the following activities which are designed to prepare pupils for their next lesson, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • preparatory paragraphs for an examination response;
  • planning a response;
  • writing a draft;
  • making notes on character or theme – from a set text, for example;
  • reading selected pages of a set text for a particular purpose;
  • finding information, research, meanings of words;
  • annotation of a text;
  • writing a FAR marking response;
  • completing spelling, punctuation and grammatical corrections.

Other useful information:

There are various study guides and websites that pupils may find useful when extending their learning beyond the classroom. For example:

  • CGP study guides are helpful and provide specific advice for all areas of the course. Guides are available for ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Sign of Four’ and the ‘Power and conflict’ section of the English Literature Anthology.
  • ‘York Notes’ study guides are useful for set English Literature texts such as ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Sign of Four’.
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize offers helpful overviews and tests of English Language reading and writing skills and of the different English Literature texts studied.
  • Sparknotes and Cliffnotes offers more detailed analysis of the English Literature texts.
  • Litcharts are also suitable for A-level study and would be useful for those pupils aiming for the top grades at GCSE.