English and English Literature

Our aim is for every student to sit the AQA English Language GCSE (8700).

We also offer English Literature to students who are able to meet the reading requirements of three set texts and poetry. 

We are able to support students who have already commenced this process at their previous schools

Further details can be found on the AQA website: 


For GCSE English Language students should:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and 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
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

We also use the AQA English Language Functional Skills exams (4720 & 4725)

At Level 1 and Level 2 they are accepted by Colleges and Apprenticeship schemes as equivalent GCSE passes.

More information can be found here:


This specification, Functional English Level 1 and Level 2 (4720, 4725), gives students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work.

This specification aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations.

Often a student's first accredited qualification in English, this course can be used in preparation for GCSE. It is suitable for a wide ability range and is used by many schools as a replacement for SATs.

There are no prior learning requirements for this pass/fail qualification.

At Entry Level it may be suitable for students to study for the AQA Step Up English awards.

Step up to English helps Entry Level students build basic and relevant literacy skills and is suitable for students of all ages. The specification is fully co-teachable with GCSE English Language.

It offers two ‘Steps’: Silver Step (Entry Level 1 and 2) and Gold Step (Entry Level 3) so you can tailor the specification to the needs of your students. The two step approach is ideal to build confidence and provide access to the new GCSEs.