GCSE English Literature and Language focuses on skills such as reading comprehension, reading critically and writing accurate.  The skills can be broken down into the following:


  • Literal and inferential comprehension: understanding a word, phrase of sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or event.
  • Critical reading: identifying and distinguishing between themes; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence in the text; recognising the possibility of evaluating different responses to a text; using understanding of the writer’s social, historical and cultural contexts to inform evaluation; making an informed personal response that derives from analysis and evaluation of the text
  • Evaluation of the writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features: analysing and evaluating how language, structure, form and presentation contribute to quality and impact; using linguistic and literary terminology for such evaluation
  • Comparing texts: comparing and contrasting texts studies, referring where relevant to theme, characterisation, context (where know), style and literary quality; comparing two texts critically with these skills


  • Producing clear and coherent text; writing effectively about literature for a range of purposes such as: to describe, explain, summarise, argue, analyse and evaluate; discussing and maintaining a point of view; selecting and emphasising key points, using relevant quotation and using details textural references

Accurate standard English; accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar

Module Year 9
1 Applying critical perspectives (Lit and Lang)
2 Narrative study: Stone cold (Lit and Lang)
3 Blood Brothers by Willy Russell (Lit)
4 Unseen poetry (Lit)
5 Writers viewpoints and perspective/Non-fiction writing (Lang)
6 Speaking and listening/Explorations in creative reading and writing (Lang)
Module Year 10
1 Macbeth - assessed on literature skills A01/A02/A03/A04
2 Macbeth continued and writing non-fiction - assessed on A05 A06 language
3 A Christmas Carol - assessed on Literature Skills A01/A02/A03/A04
4 Language paper two - comparing texts - assessed on A01/A02/A03/A04 language
5 Power and conflict poetry anthology - assessed on Literature skills A01/A02/A03/A04
6 Unseen poetry - assessed on Literature skills A01/A02
Module Year 11
1 Speaking and listening/revsist Blood Brothers
2 Revisit literature paper 2: Power and conflic poetry/unseen poetry
3 English Language skills
4 Revisit Literature paper 2: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol
5 Exams skills
6 Exams


Students will be assessed on a variety of texts including pre 19th Century Shakespeare, modern prose and poetry.


Shakespeare and 19th Century novel

1hr 45 mins

Modern prose and poetry

2hrs 15 mins


Kings Reach
Slough Berkshire
Tel: 01753 537594
Fax: 01753 526485 office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk
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