English Language & Literature 


Bolingbroke Academy pupils begin their GCSEs at an exciting time – the launch of the new English Literature and English Language GCSE. The rigorous new specifications have a key focus on ensuring pupils are able to independently analyse texts and write with both flare and technical accuracy.


English Literature and English Language are two separate GCSE's that will be taught by different teachers with pupils spending three hours a week studying for each.


In preparation for the English Literature GCSE pupils will study a wide range of British literature, including a text from the Literary Heritage, a modern novel, a themed collection of poetry and a Shakespearean play.


In English Language lessons, pupils will study 20th century fiction and non-fiction texts such as diaries, newspaper articles, journals and biographies from the 18th – 21st century on a range of themes including education, power, travel and entertainment In addition, pupils will also be creating their own fiction and non-fiction writing on these themes, among others.  Pupils’ speaking and listening skills will be assessed through their study of English Language in order for them to gain an additional qualification demonstrating their effective communication skills.


Why study English?          



  • It is the gateway to success in all subjects – great reading and writing is the key!
  • It enables you to communicate your ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • You get to argue and your opinion matters. Debate and discussion are a key part of the course.
  • You get to learn about different times and places that you may never get to go to.
  • It provides a range of career options from advertising to journalism to law.


Exam Board and Specification AQA English Literature & English Language
Key areas of content            

English Literature

  • Modern novel
  • 19th century novel
  • Shakespeare play
  • Themed collection of 15 poems
  • 20th century fiction
  • 18th-21st century literary non fiction
  • Descriptive writing
  • Writing to respond to a viewpoint
Assessment arrangements Pupils will sit four terminal exams, two for each GCSE and each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes.          
  • English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • English Literature Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative reading and Writing
  • English Language Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives
Setting arrangements            

Pupils will be taught in five teaching groups, set by ability in English.


Most pupils will have a different teacher for English Language and English Literature.


Pupils are allocated to a particular set on the basis of their performance throughout Year 9. The final Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessment will be considered along with other evidence, but should not be regarded as the sole criterion for set choices.


Textbooks, websites and other relevant material            

Please see AQA website for the full English Literature and Language specifications:

As this is a new specification there are no specific websites designed to support your studies at this stage. The websites below will aid your study for your literature texts:




Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the English Department can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: English


To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2018-19


If you have any queries please contact Acting Head of English Ms Nobes