Subject Overview

Years 7 and 8

Throughout the first two years at TBCC we look to embed core skills that will be useful at GCSE, exploring texts such as: Shakespearean plays, poetry, non-fiction articles as well as writing creatively using key conventions of text types and genres.


Years 9 to 11

As part of the English Literature GCSE, year 9 and 10 students study the plays ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth’ as well as the novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and poetry from the AQA conflict cluster.  

For the English Language GCSE exam set at the end of year 11 students will be expected to respond to literary and non-fiction extracts, as well as write imaginatively, with a purpose and audience in mind.

There is no coursework in GCSE for English. The exam board is AQA.


Years 12 and 13

We offer AS and A Level English Literature in the sixth form and follow the AQA English Literature A syllabus.

The course offers students the opportunity to study a range of texts which explore the theme of love, such as Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, an anthology of poems, Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Due to the demands of the subject, we recommend that students achieve at least a Grade C (ideally a B) in GCSE English Language and English Literature if they would like to continue the subject at this level.