Good Progress for All


Mr Butler

Welcome to the English Faculty at New College Leicester

The English faculty is one of the college’s largest and most successful departments, enjoying year-on-year improvements. Last year’s validated results saw 68.2% of students achieve a grade A* – C.

The English Faculty is an exciting and creative area, teaching English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.

Key Stage 3

Mrs Geraghty

By the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 8) students will be prepared to achieve the best of their ability when it comes to their GCSEs. They would have developed skills in:

  • Analysing and quoting Language
  • The study of 19th century British books both modern and classic
  • Understanding how to answer questions from unseen non-fiction texts
  • Analysing and comparing poetry


Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term 1
(19th Century)
Detective Stories Gothic Horror Stories
Autumn Term 2
Noughts and Crosses
Private Peaceful
Woman in Black
Spring Term 1
Macbeth Romeo and Juliet
Spring Term 2
(Analysing Non-fiction Media)
Film Reviews Violence in the Media
Summer Term 1
(Poetry Comparison)
Poetry from other cultures Conflict in poetry
Summer Term 2
(Creative Writing)
Holiday time! The Beauty Myth


Key Stage 4: Literature, Language and Media Studies


KS4 makes up the final three years of students’ mandatory schooling, and will see them being examined on the skills they have gained across both Key Stages. They will gain 2 GCSE qualifications: Language and Literature.


Edexcel GCSE English Language (Syllabus Number 1EN0)

Edexcel English Language assesses students through two examinations at the end of Year 11. Over the two year course, students will learn how to craft their own narratives, study a range of 19th Century fiction and analyse and produce non-fiction texts.

The examinations count for 100% of the final grade. There are two papers which both assess reading and writing skills. Paper one is 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper two is 2 hours.


Edexcel GCSE English Literature (Syllabus Number 1ET0)

Edexcel English Literature begins with the WW1 play “Journey’s End” as they learn about the plight of soldiers during the First World War and then move on to the classic gothic novel “Frankenstein”.

They will also study the Shakespeare play “Macbeth”, as well as a selection of anthologies with a common theme of ‘Conflict’.

The assessment is 100% exam at the end of Year 11. Paper one is 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper two is 2 hours 15 minutes.


WJEC GCSE Media Studies (Syllabus Number 4391)

WJEC Media Studies is an optional course taken at Key Stage 4. It is designed to draw on existing experience of the media and develop critical abilities to explore media as well as to create media.

Terminator 2

60% of the final GCSE grade is coursework which consists of:

  • Genre essay 20% (exploring sci-fi – Terminator 2)
  • Production 40% (includes research, planning, designing a magazine front cover and contents page)
  • Representation essay 20% (focus on how groups of people are shown in the media)

Throughout Year 11 students will study 2 exam areas worth 40% based on print and television advertising.


Revision and extra help

Doddle is an online resource providing teaching, homework and assessment across English. It is designed to help students do more and stay motivated outside of the classroom and includes self-marking homework and quizzes which provide immediate results and feedback. It is adaptable to student needs: Doddle keeps them organised and encourages independent learning – and it works on whatever device they prefer to use.

Students can obtain past papers and further information on GCSEs from the exam board’s website, as well as the BBC’s GCSE Bitesize site. Click on a logo below for more information:


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Thank you,

Mr P Butler – Head of English

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