Success in English supports the development of students in all other curriculum areas. If you can communicate effectively and articulate your ideas, you will find success in every subject, as well as when you leave school and go on to further education or into the work place. As teachers of English, we aim to foster a love for literature, introducing students to works from a whole range of cultures and genres, from the classics writers like Austen, Bronte and Dickens, to more contemporary writers such as John Green, Stephen Chbosky and Suzanne Collins.  Our ultimate purpose is to nurture independent learners who leave JWA with an extensive vocabulary, an outstanding ability to analyse and interpret information and the ability to write extensively, manipulating reader response through an array of literary techniques, sophisticated punctuation and grammatical structures.

English Curriculum Intent

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Head of Subject:

Mrs L Westerman-Smith 

Teaching staff:

Mr P Kench (Second in department)

Mrs S Clark

Miss E Linford (Lead Practitioner)

Ms H Kendall

Mrs C Walker

Ms C Davison (Delta Subject Director)

Mrs J Marshall (Delta Subject Director)

Yr 11 Course Title

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course 

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE English Language

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE English Literature 

Exam Percentages

English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose

Writing Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes

40% of qualification

Section A (20%) – Reading Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles

Component 2: 19th and 21st century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Written examination: 2 hours

60% of qualification

Section A (30%) – Reading Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (30%) – Writing Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks

Component 3: Spoken Language Non-exam assessment


One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

English Literature

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Written examination: 2 hours 40% of qualification

Section A (20%) Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

60% qualification

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

 Blood Brothers (Russell)

One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list. Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.


Year 11 Course Details:

GCSE English Language 

It enables learners to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

In addition, it enables learners to:

  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively. 

GCSE English Literature

This GCSE in English Literature enables students to:

• read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading

• read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas

• develop the habit of reading widely and often

• appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage

• write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English

• acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Number of lessons per week:

5 lessons in years 7, 9 and 10

4 lessons in year 8

3 Language lessons in year 11

3 Literature lessons in year 11

Curriculum Intent and 5 year Curriculum Sequencing

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Key Stage 3

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Additional information

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