Auckland College
Independent School



English will teach all pupils the necessary language skills to read, write, speak and listen fluently so they are able to acquire the confidence to fully participate as a successful member of society.

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
GCSE Language Content
GCSE Literature Content

At Key Stage 3 level pupils are introduced to the skills required to succeed in their future KS4 pathways. These skills are developed during this period of their education in order to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Topics are related to the KS4 curriculum with pupils studying a varied range of language and literature texts including prose and non-fiction.

Pupils learn how to read texts in different ways so they are able to interpret information and explore the writer’s intentions. They develop their own writing across a range of fiction and non-fiction styles. Assessment takes place each half-term in the form of internal tests; pupils also undertake regular reading and spelling tests.

Key Stage 4 English is a two year dual award course: all pupils are expected to study GCSE English Language as a core subject, with the option of studying a second GCSE in English Literature. In addition, there is an Entry Level pathway available which consists of both internally and externally examination papers.

The syllabus used for all Key Stage 4 English courses is currently WJEC and our lead English teacher (Mr Davies) is an examiner for this examination board.

The English Language GCSE syllabus is comprised of two components and is fully examination based and marked externally.

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Section A (Reading): analysis of an extract of 20th century literature

Section B (Prose Writing): one creative writing task from a selection of titles              

Written examination: 40% of the qualification

Component 2: Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Section A (Reading): two extracts on the same topic: one text from the 19th century and one text from the 21st century                                                                                         Section B (Writing): two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks

Written examination: 60% of the qualification


There is also a Spoken Language component, which is assessed internally (and moderated externally) but does not contribute to the overall grade.

For pupils whom the GCSE pathway is unsuitable, there is an optional Entry Level qualification which can be completed working alongside the GCSE pathway students.

The GCSE English Literature course is now totally examination based and comprises of two components:

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

Section A (Shakespeare): one extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text such as Romeo and Juliet orMacbeth                                                                                                                                                      


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

Written examination: 40% of the qualification



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

Section A (Post-1914 Prose & Drama): one source based question on one post-1914 text from a prescribed list such as An Inspector Calls (Priestley)


Section B (19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry): one source based question on one 19th century prose text from a prescribed list such as A Christmas Carol (Dickens)


Section C (Unseen Poetry): two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.                               Written examination: 60% of the qualification