Year 10 / ks4


The English department at Little Lever School aims to enhance the reading and writing skills of all students through the delivery of a broad range of texts and creative stimulus which will challenge students’ understanding of wider concepts, whilst ensuring that all students possess the English skills required for their future educations and employment.

The KS4 English curriculum follows the AQA GCSE exam syllabuses, with students sitting both English Language and English Literature examinations at the end of year 11.  Final grades within the subject are formed based on 100% examination, which are externally marked and moderated.

Students will leave Little Lever School with two separate English GCSE grades, having studied a variety of writing styles.  Across both GCSE courses, students will study texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century, to develop their appreciation of the English language and its impact on an intended audience.  Each syllabus is assessed by two exam papers, with four examinations in total in year 11.

The overview of each GCSE course is outlined below:

English Language

Paper 1 (50%)

Paper 2 (50%)

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes


English Literature

Paper 1 (40%)

Paper 2 (60%)

Shakespeare and 19th Century Fiction

Modern Texts and Poetry

1 hour 45 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes

Texts include:

  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol

Texts include:

  • Lord of the Flies / Blood Brothers (Year 11)
  • An Inspector Calls (Year 10)
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry