Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character



English Literature and Language

English Literature Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments.

Paper 1 is 1hour 45 minutes and examines the pupils' understanding of their studied texts:

Section A: Students analyse an extract from Romeo and Juliet

Section B: Students analyse either an extract from their pre-19th century text

Paper 2 is 2hours 15minutes:

Section A: Pupils have a choice of 2 questions related to An Inspector Calls

Section B: Students analyse and compare poems from their studied poetry anthology as well as analyse an unseen poem

English Language Examination Criteria:

Students will complete 2 written assessments, each 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Paper 1:

Section A: Students analyse and evaluate writers' use of language and structure

Section B: Students produce a creative and imaginative piece of writing

Paper 2:

Section A: Students analyse and compare writers' use of language and perspectives in 2 non-fiction texts

Section B: Students must write for a specific purpose, audience and form

Grading Structure: 1 -9

Exam board Website: AQA

Course Specification: AQA English

Progress 8 Slot: English/Open slot

Head of Department: Mrs S Knox

Course Description:

KS3: Core Subject

KS4: Core Subject

KS5: Option

All students in years 7 and 8 will study a range of media, poetry and literature. These include, for example: "Dracula", "A Christmas Carol", "Macbeth" and "To Kill a Mockingbird". Learners are encouraged to be independent and innovative towards their own learning and critical thinking.

Students receive five 50 minute lessons per week.

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work has been created to follow the National Curriculum and aspects of the National Literacy Strategy.

Students are assessed on a fortnightly basis according to the assessment foci pupils have studied in that time. Assessments are comment marked in order for pupils to identify their weak areas and know how to improve. Redraft lessons are encouraged to support pupils achieve their full potential.

All students in Years 9,10 and 11 will study for AQA English Language and Literature GCSE. These are two separate qualifications. For each qualification, pupils will complete two examinations. Their studies will focus on building their knowledge of texts, how to decode unseen texts and writing skills.

The college offers English Literature A-Level. Following the AQA specification, pupils read texts around the theme of love through the ages. Currently, this includes analysing the following: Shakespeare, Poetry, "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Wuthering Heights".

Department statement

In the English department at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, our vision is to develop students who articulate their thoughts and opinions from reading a rich array of literature. We encourage learners to engage and explore a range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, so that they have a secure understanding of history, culture and current affairs. Discovering new characters, plots and scenes, pupils can shape their own writing to be imaginative, engaging and innovative.


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Useful resource links:

GCSE Bitesize

AQA website

Extra Curricular

The English Department offers a wide range of Extra Curricular activities under the banner of Progress Clubs. The English department offer: Debate Club, Drama Club, Reading Club, and Media Club. They aim to support pupils' progression and enjoyment within English.