Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Betts 

Subject Leader(s):

HoD Andrea Betts (bettsa@sgsce.co.uk) 

Fortnightly Lessons:

Year 7 – 7 including 2 Library lessons

Year 8 – 7 including 2 Library lessons

Year 7 Topics:

Myths and Legends, teacher choice of novel, Poetry and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 8 Topics:
War units (teacher choice of text), Literature text (teacher choice of drama, novel or poetry), Gothic/Victorian Literature and PBL

Useful Resources:
BBC Bitesize KS3 website

We offer a three-year GCSE course which allows students to explore a wide range of texts as well as their GCSE texts. 

All students will gain two qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature (both AQA).  Coursework is no longer required on the two courses.

AQA GCSE Literature – 100% exam.  Paper 1: teacher choice of Shakespeare text and A Christmas Carol. Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, AQA Poetry Anthology: Power and Conflict, Unseen Poetry. 

AQA GCSE Language – 100% exam. Paper 1 – Fiction. Section A – 4 questions on an unseen piece of fiction; Section B – a creative piece of writing.  Paper 2 – Non-Fiction. Section A – 4 questions on two pieces of unseen non-fiction; Section B – own piece of non-fiction writing. 

The Language course also requires students to submit a Spoken Language Endorsement which is held in school and students will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Ungraded.  This has no weighting against the final grade for GCSE English Language.

The school holds many copies of CGP Revision Guides at a fraction of the cost of the RRP.


HOD Andrea Betts bettsa@sgsce.co.uk

English Language

A Level English Language (Edexcel) covers language variation, child language acquisition and investing language as written examinations, with creative writing coursework contributing to 20% of the final grade.

GCSE re-sit in Language will be available to those who don’t achieve a grade 4 for English Language.

ALevel Language Leaflet

English Literature

Students undertake the Edexcel A Level Literature course which runs over two years – there is no AS option for Literature. 

Students complete a wide range of forms and genres within the two year study:

Paper 1 – Drama paper. A Shakespeare text with Critical Theory, and A Streetcar Named Desire.  30% of final grade.

Paper 2 – Novel paper.  Comparison of two novels under the Science and Society heading: The War of the Worlds and The Handmaid’s Tale.  20% of final grade.

Paper 3 – Poetry Paper. Analysis of 20 post-2000 poems which is then linked to an Unseen Poem, and 20 Christina Rossetti poems. 30% of final grade.

Paper 4 – Coursework essay on a choice of two texts, 2500 – 3000 words. 20% of final grade.


Film Studies

The study of film, in all its forms, holds a prominent place in our critical understanding of the modern world.

Moving images have always been new and exciting, and Film Studies allows students to study a diverse range of films in order to consider how they reflect the time and place of construction.

Film Studies’ students can progress to a wide range of career opportunities. These range from those that specifically relate to film – whether in academia, creative industries, film festival/ cinema programming or arts administration – to other spheres, such as publishing, journalism, public relations and education.