In Key Stage 3, pupils study Non Fiction texts, Media Studies, novels, short stories, poetry and Shakespeare. Reading and Writing skills are embedded so that pupils are confident and prepared for Key Stage 4. Pupils are assessed using ‘Assessing Pupils’ Progress’ levels.
Welcome to Key Stage 4 English at Hatcham College!
In Key Stage 4, 2015-2016, Year 11 will continue their studies towards achieving qualifications in both Language and Literature. Examination texts include either Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress or Of Mice and Men, and Animal Farm. Students will also study a selection of poems in preparation for one of their Literature exams. All exams will be sat at the end of the school year (May/June 2016), however, exam practise will take place throughout the school year. Year 10 will begin their studies for the brand new GCSEs; the students will work towards qualifications in both Language and Literature. They will cover the following texts/areas of study on their two year journey, which will be assessed 100% in final exams at the end of the Language and Literature courses (May/June 2017): A play by Shakespeare, a 19th century novel, modern prose/drama, a selection of poetry, literary fiction, literary non fiction and discursive writing.
Please refer to the ‘Units of study…’ documents for Years 10 and 11 and the the course planner for Year 10. These documents will help you understand what is being taught and what the examination weightings are. There are revision resources for Year 11 already on the website; these can be accessed at this address:
More Year 11 resources will be added and brought to students’ attention during the course of the year. Year 10 resources will be made available after Year 10 information evening.
Further information will be available via information evenings and parents’ evenings. We look forward to seeing you on these occasions and working with you throughout the Key Stage 4 journey in English, whether you are the student, parent or guardian.
The English Department at Hatcham College
English Language and English Literature
Year 10 will begin their studies for the brand new GCSEs; the students will work towards qualifications in both Language and Literature. They will cover the following texts/areas of study on their two year journey, which will be assessed 100% in final exams at the end of the Language and Literature courses (May/June 2017):
Study for Lit paper 1 - A play by Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice/Macbeth)
Study for Lang paper 2 - Non fiction and Discursive Writing
Study for Lang paper 2 - Literary non fiction
Study for Lang paper 1a - Literary fiction
Study for Lit paper 1 - A 19th century novel (Frankenstein/Sign of Four)
Study for non examination assessment - Speaking and Listening
Study for Lit paper 2 - anthology poetry
Study of unseen poetry for Lit paper 2 and revision of Shakespeare's play for paper 1
Study of modern text for Lit paper 2 - Animal Farm/An Inspector Calls
Study of writing to describe and revision of literary fiction and non fiction
Revision of 19th century novel and revision of poetry
The exam board is AQA, the students will work towards two GCSEs in English and the individual exam papers are:
Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (40% of Literature grade)
Poetry and Modern texts (60% of Literature grade)
Explorations in creative reading and writing (50% of Language grade)
Writer's viewpoints and perspectives (50% of Language grade)
For further information, contact:
Mrs S Choudhury
Information Assembly and New Grading
Examiner Commentary and Graded Samples:
English Language –
The Writer's Voice
English Literature –
Exam Question / Topic
1 hour 45 minutes
Section A 1 hour (25 mins + 35 mins)
Section B 35 minutes
10 mins checking/improving responses
Exam Question / Topic
45 minutes for section A
50 minutes for section B
Exam Question / Topic
Section A 40 minutes
Section B 55 minutes
A) Balzac/Of Mice and Men
Analysing an extract and then finding your own extract on a similar theme - focus on the writer’s language choices
Two questions on an extract; one further question where you select an extract to analyse.
Focus: AO1, AO2 (3 marks for SPaG)
(Don’t refer to context)
A) Response to an unseen poem
One essay on a poem you have not studied focussing on thoughts and feelings – you must link analysis to poem’s main message.
B) Writing for a specific audience and purpose; expressing an opinion on a given topic
(accuracy of written expression; language choices, compelling structure, SPaG)
B) Balzac/Of Mice and Men
One essay question from a choice of two.
Focussed on themes and characters, must be linked to context.
Focus: AO1, A04 (7 marks for SPaG)
B) Poetry Anthology
A single question comparing a named poem with another freely chosen poem from the studied collection.
You must compare the poems.
Focus: AO2, AO3
Students spend Year 11 studying texts and practising their exam technique for the final exams, outlined above. Below are the assessment objectives that students must meet across the papers.
Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.
Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.
Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects.
Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.
Explain and evaluate how writers use linguistic, grammatical, structural and presentational features to achieve effects and engage and influence the reader.
Write to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using and adapting forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways that engage the reader.
Organise information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences, paragraphs and whole texts, using a variety of linguistic and structural features to support cohesion and overall coherence.
Use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.
Contact details for further information: Mrs S Choudhury
AQA Specification A
*Please note that these text choices are provisional and that your class teacher may choose to teach something slightly different*
You will be studying 3 units overall.
Love Through the Ages
3 hour written exam, worth 40% of A level
(Studied in year 12; mock exam at the end of year 12 will be a full Love Through the Ages 3 hour paper)
Study of three texts: The Taming of the Shrew or another play by Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or another pre-1900 novel, and post-1900 poetry anthology. Examination will also include two unseen poems.
2.5 hour written exam, worth 40% of A level
(Studied in year 13)
Study of three texts: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or another novel, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams or another play, and Feminist Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy or another post-2000 text
One extended essay, worth 20% of A level
(Begun in year 12, completed in year 13)
Comparative critical study of two texts of your choice, one of which must have been written pre-1900
AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.
AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF