At Outwood Academy Newbold, students study a range of texts for English Literature, including poetry, drama and prose. For English Language, we develop close reading and analysis skills and learn to write for a range of audiences and purposes. We also value independent reading and sharing our experiences of the books we have read.

Key Stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Key Stage 3 English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Work builds on the students’ existing knowledge and skills, developing increasingly sophisticated reading and analytical skills through the experience of studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing creativity, awareness of context, and rigour in technical accuracy in writing. Years 7 and 8 are seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE.

Key Stage 4

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Language and English Literature

In English Language, learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require students to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Romeo and Juliet’, by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Blood Brothers’ by William Russell. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

English Language is assessed in the following way:
Examination 100%

English Literature is assessed in the following way:
Examination 100%

Key Stage 5

English Language AQA

  • Language, the individual and Society
  • Language Diversity and Change

English Literature B Linear AQA

  • Political and Social Protest Writing – A Doll’s House, Kite Runner and poetry of William Blake
  • Aspects of Tragedy – Othello, Tess of the D’urbervilles and poetry of John Keats

Revision Resources

Online revision materials are organised into two sections (below), the first one is for GCSE and the second for A-Level.


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A Level

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