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Key Stage 4


The new GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature specifications started in September 2015. The current Y11 students will sit the first of the new examinations in the summer of 2017.   The new specification will be 100% examination which means that there is no longer any controlled assessment in English and there will no longer be any tiering of papers; therefore, all students will sit the same examinations. Grading no longer takes the form of A*-G; instead, students will be awarded grade 9 (equivalent to an advanced A*) to 1. A grade 4 is equivalent to the old grade C.

The course begins in Year 9 which is a foundation year for the GCSEs.

The specimen assessment materials will enable you to see the type of texts and questions that your child will experience in their end of course examinations. Speaking and Listening does not contribute to the final grade; however, students will be required to present a topic to an audience and will be awarded a separate grade for this (pass/merit/distinction).

Should you need any further information, please contact Miss K. Lindsay (DTL English/MFL), either on the school telephone number or by email : klindsay@moorside.staffs.sch.uk 

What we teach ;

What we teach:

All students will study for the GCSE English Language and the GCSE English Literature, which are two separate subjects, and so students will receive two distinct grades.

The GCSE English Language examination consists of two components:

  • Component 1:

This examination is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Section A consists of one extract from a 20th century fiction text and a series of questions.

Section B consists of fiction writing; students will be given a choice of four titles.

  • Component 2:

This examination is 2 hours.

Section A consists of 2 extracts from non-fiction texts taken from a 19th century and a 21st century text. Students will answers a series of questions, some of which will involve comparison.

Section B consists of 2 non-fiction writing tasks, such as letters, articles, reports, speeches or reviews.

Skills being tested include the ability to identify and interpret information, select and prioritise information, and to analyse the ways in which a writer creates effects on the reader. Students will also be tested on their ability to craft a piece of writing, developing and shaping their ideas as well as their ability to write accurately and specifically for a given audience.

The GCSE English Literature examination consists of:

  • Component 1:

This examination is 2 hours.

Section A consists of 2 questions on Romeo and Juliet.

Section B consists of 2 questions on poetry from the studied anthology (1789 – 2016)

  • Component 2:

This examination is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Section A consists of 2 questions on An Inspector Calls.

Section B consists of 2 questions on A Christmas Carol.

Section C consists of 2 questions on unseen poetry. (20th/21st century)

The skills being tested involve the ability to analyse the characterisation, plot, setting and language of the texts, as well as the social and historical context in which the text was written. Students are expected to be able to write at length, shaping an argument using evidence.

The curriculum 

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 aims to fully prepare students for their GCSE examinations and to offer opportunities to experience the rich variety of texts from their literary heritage.

Year 9

Year 9 is a foundation year in which students are given an introduction to their GCSE texts. In Year 10 and the first half of year 11, students have a more detailed and in-depth study of their exam texts, following which they are given intensive revision.

Year 10

Term 1 (Autumn)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Scheme Of Work


1.  Unit 1  GCSE English Language Component 2 - Titanic – non-fiction reading texts (4 weeks)

2.  Unit 2 GCSE English Language Component 2 - Non-fiction writing (2 weeks)

3.  Unit 1 GCSE English Literature - Ode to Autumn (1 week) 

4.  Unit 2 GCSE English Literature - Comparing Poetry: Dulce et Decorum Est/The Soldier  (November 11th)

(3 weeks)

5.  Unit 3 GCSE English Language Component 1 -  Fiction Writing  (3 weeks)

06. Unit 4 GCSE English Language Component 1 Christmas fiction texts-  

(1 week)

1.  Unit 5 - Fiction reading Component 1 GCSE English Language (2 weeks)

2.  Unit 3  GCSE English Literature - An Inspector Calls –(8 weeks)

3.  Exam – Reading paper (Component 2)

4.  Exam – writing paper

(Component 2)


5.  An Inspector Calls (continued) (2 weeks)

6.  Unit 4  GCSE English Literature - Comparing Poems – (2 weeks)

7.  Unit 5 GCSE English Literature - Romeo and Juliet  (10 weeks)


1.  Reading paper – Component 2

2.  Letter to the council - Component 2

3.  Ode to Autumn analytical essay

4.  Fiction writing – horror story – Component 1

1.  Fiction Reading paper - Component 1

2.  An Inspector Calls – character study

3.  Reading paper (exam)

4.  Writing paper (exam)

1.  An Inspector Calls – thematic study

2.  Poetry Comparison

3.  Romeo and Juliet character analysis

4.  R&J thematic analysis

Year 11

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Half Term 1

7 weeks

Weeks 1-4: Unit 1 Love poetry 

Weeks 5 & 6: Unit 2 Non-fiction/fiction texts (exam skill practice) – historical context to A Christmas Carol/revision of the text

1 lesson – Unit 3 Speaking & Listening prep

Week 7: Work experience week – students to be note taking/planning their speech

7 weeks

Weeks 1 & 2: finish A Christmas Carol if necessary

Weeks 3 – 7:  poetry 
Non-fiction/Fiction reading & writing revision

5 weeks

Week 1 : An Inspector Calls revision/fiction text

Week 2: A Christmas Carol revision/ non-fiction writing

Week 3 : Unseen poetry / fiction writing

Half Term 2

7 weeks:

Week 1: Speaking and listening assessment

Weeks 2 – 5: Unit 4 A Christmas Carol revision

Weeks 6 & 7: Mock exam prep/mock exams

6 weeks

Week 1: Romeo and Juliet revision/non-fiction text

Week 2: An Inspector Calls revision/fiction text

Week 3 : A Christmas Carol revision/ non-fiction writing

Week 4: Unseen poetry revision/fiction writing

Week 5: Poetry revision - comparison

Week 6 : Romeo & Juliet revision/non-fiction text