What are the key features of the programmes of study?
English is one of the three core subjects within the National Curriculum along with Science and Mathematics. It has three Attainment Targets which are Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing. Our aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

What will my child study in Year 7?
English is divided into several units: Writing skills, The History of Language, Memoir Writing and a novel. Under each of these titles, students will cover a variety of skills: writing of fiction and non-fiction; the development of active reading skills through shared texts, encouraging reading for pleasure and how to read media texts.

What will my child study in Year 8?

English is divided into several units following on from Year 7: Shakespeare, a 20th Century play, a novel and Gothic texts. Under each of these titles, students will cover fiction and non-fiction writing, the study of contemporary and literary heritage texts as well as continuing to develop their active reading skills.

What will my child study in Year 9?
English is divided into several units following on from Year 8: Dystopian Literature, Shakespeare; Identity and Multi-Cultural Britain. This will involve the study of fiction and non-fiction, persuasive speech as well as allowing students to continue to develop their active reading skills.  Whilst the main focus is on language, English Literature will be woven into the programme of study and students will prepare for their GCSE at the end of Year 11.

What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?
Homework is set once a week and includes reading, discussion, research and drafting of work.There are a number of reading groups which include the highly successful Debating Club and Creative Writers Club. We also have a number of visits throughout the year from award winning authors.

How is my child assessed?
Students are assessed throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 through written and verbal feedback on work.  Assessments are made in the form of timed tests, on-going work and speaking and listening activities such as delivering speeches, working within a group and role play.  In Year 9 all marking and assessment will be linked to GCSE criteria, and we follow the AQA specification. 

How are the groups organised?
English is taught in mixed ability groups. Groups are reviewed on a yearly basis.

What equipment is needed?
It is vital that all students come to their English lessons prepared with the following equipment: a fountain or hand-writing pen (blue/black), a purple pen to respond to teacher feedback, pencil and rubber, ruler, highlighters, glue and a reading book (fiction). 

GCSE English Language and English Literature

Our English Language and Literature curriculum journey.

What is the course about?
Examination Board: AQA    Course Code  for Literature: 8702 -  601/4447/6
Course Code for Language:  8700 - 601/4292/3

Students will follow the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. These offer you a wide choice of reading, writing and speaking opportunities and include Shakespeare, Literary Heritage texts, and poetry.   All students will be entered for both English Language and English Literature GCSEs. These are taught separately and lead to two GCSEs, which are designed to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum. They are taught as independent subjects, almost certainly with a different teacher for each GCSE.

What skills and ideas will I learn?
You will be given opportunities to develop and demonstrate your skills and abilities to understand and produce non-fiction texts; understand spoken and written texts and write creatively; understand how to present, discuss, listen and role-play appropriately in speaking and listening activities.  You will be given opportunities, both in detailed study of some literary texts and in wider reading, to develop and demonstrate your skills and abilities in this area.

How is the course assessed?
All assessment for both GCSEs is now through final examination at the end of Year 11. However, all students will be required to take routine assessments throughout the two year course, which will allow students, parents and teachers to monitor progress.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
Above all, English is the way in which you communicate and the way in which you understand the world.  The course gives you opportunities to develop your skills and your understanding in a way that, given your commitment to work, is stimulating and enjoyable. A measure of the success in English at Angmering is the enthusiasm of students, many of whom will go on to read English Language, English Literature and Media Studies at  A-level in Years 12/13. If you wish to do this, you should be aiming to achieve a grade 6 or above.

A GCSE in English Language or Literature is seen as a minimum requirement for most jobs and courses, with particular emphasis being placed upon the minimum achievement of grade 4. All students who do not achieve a grade 4 have to continue to study for a qualification in English post-16 whether they are in work, education or training. 

Why study A Level English Literature at Angmering?
At Angmering we follow the OCR syllabus for A Level English Literature -  one of the UK’s leading exam boards.
OCR have created a rigorous, stimulating and challenging qualification which allows freedom of textual choice and includes independent study. The freedom within the coursework module allows students to pursue more detailed work in a field of particular personal interest, offering excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level.  

In summary: we have chosen OCR as it aims to encourage students to:

  • read widely and independently both set texts and heir own choice

  • engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts 

  • develop and effectively apply knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing 

  • explore the contexts of the texts and others’ interpretations.

While studying GCSE English Literature course, students will already have begun developing their analytical skills. The A Level English Literature course will require development of these skills and engagement with more intellectual arguments and responses to the texts.  Students will develop the skill of articulating these opinions maturely, both verbally and in writing.

Typical Workload For English Literature A Level:
As with most A Level courses, students will be expected to further heir studies in their spare time, by reading secondary material to help expand knowledge. 
It is important to understand that a good knowledge of the texts alone is not enough to reach a high grade in English Literature.  The most successful candidates will be those who have read widely and spent additional time researching relevant content.  

Which Texts Will You Study On An A Level English Course and how is it assessed?

Modules include the study of Gothic Literature, Shakespeare, Drama & Poetry.  As well as the set texts, students will have the opportunity to read around the subject and look at literary criticism from a range of sources to expand their knowledge and understanding of the fields.


PAPER 1  40% of total A level 

Written paper Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

60 marks  

Shakespeare • Drama and poetry pre-1900 

The Tempest & The Doll’s House & The Poetry of Christina Rossetti 

PAPER 2  40% of total A level

Written paper Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

60 marks

Comparative and contextual study of The Gothic

COURSEWORK 20% of total A level

  1. Close reading of a selected poet OR re-creative writing piece (based on the study of a selected poet) with commentary.  
  2. Comparative essay -comparison of  two texts one written post 1900 and one post 2000.  One a drama text and one a novel.