Subject Vision

Unity College students will have a passion for English and aspire to be independent, successful learners. The English Curriculum will ensure that all learners are equipped with life skills and a lifelong love of learning. The English Department aims to instil a lifelong passion and enjoyment for English and our cultural heritage.

Students need to achieve their full potential and will do this because they will look forward to their English lessons. Students and staff will embrace all challenges so that they are empowered and motivated to achieve and exceed national standards.



Programme of Study
Year 7

  • Private Peaceful & War Poetry – Michael Murpurgo novel
  • Fairy Tales
  • Myth and Legends
  • Shakespeare Stories

Year 8

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Art of Persuasion
  • Gothic Horror
  • Room 13 – Robert Swindells novel or Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck Novel
  • Media and non-fiction focusing on crimes during Victorian England
  • Poem from other cultures
  • ‘Our Day Out’- Willy Russell

All year 7 and 8 students will sit a formal exam at the end of the year

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
  • KS4 revision night
  • KS3 Help with Homework club
  • KS3 Master Class
  • English and mathematics trip to New York
  • Lancashire Book of the year
  • KS4 Debating Club


How to support your child in this subject
  • Encourage independent reading and discussion of a variety of texts – fiction novels / newspapers / magazines / autobiographies
  • Visits to the theatre and cinema
  • Visit website such as GCSE Bitesize / KS3 Bitesize / SAM Learning
  • Purchase study guides for set texts at KS4


Suggested Fiction Texts:

  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Holes by Lois Sachar
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Abomination by Robert Swindells
  • Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Spooks Apprentice by Joseph Delaney


GCSE Reading

  • Blood Brothers- Willy Russell
  • Macbeth- Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens


GCSE English Language

The final assessment for the GCSE qualification of English Language will be comprised of 100% examination performance. Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11. The Paper 1 examination will assess abilities in Reading Fiction texts and Creative Writing. The Paper 2 examination will assess abilities in Reading 19th and 21stCentury Non-Fiction texts and Transactional and Persuasive Writing.  There will be one opportunity to sit the English Language GCSE examinations whilst students are at school. Unlike previous years, there will be no controlled assessment element completed in school.

Assessment will be based on the new 9-1 grading system. Tiers have now been removed from GCSE English Language. This means that examination question papers will cover the full range of abilities.

Every student will complete the syllabus for GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature. These are two separate GCSE qualifications but they will both be studied simultaneously in English lessons throughout Years 10 and 11.

The skills and knowledge developed whilst studying English Literature both enhance, complement and to a great extent overlap the skills required to succeed in English Language.

By achieving a GCSE in English this could lead to:

GCSE English Language provides you with a useful foundation for any post-16 course that will require you to: read a wide range of fiction or non-fiction texts; communicate verbally with others and complete written assessments. Many students decide to extend the study of English by completing AS and A2 Level courses in English Language or Combined English. Achievement in English at all levels is advantageous and often essential for a wide variety of academic, business and vocational courses and careers. Universities, Higher Education colleges and Apprenticeship schemes often specify a minimum standard.

LP Hartley wrote that ‘good writers touch life often’. By exploring a wide variety of texts you will be better equipped to make decisions about how you want to live your life. For those with a deeper interest in the subject careers are available in journalism, performing arts, teaching, publishing, law and being an author.

Any parents or students who would like more information about the above courses should contact Miss Smith.