Who is this course for?​

Students who wish to develop effective communication and analytical skills to complement their studies in other subjects and prepare them for the world of employment.  English students regularly progress onto careers in journalism, research, teaching, law, archiving, public relations, advertising, the arts and management.


What do you need to apply for the course?

Five GCSEs at grades 4+ including maths.  English at grade 5 or above.

What are they key things you will learn?

Students learn about the ways in which views and perspectives are shaped and used in a variety of narratives.  They explore representation in literary fiction and in an anthology of texts linked by the theme of Paris. Students also produce re-creative work that seeks to find an absent or underplayed perspective in the original text and write a critical reflection on the processes and outcomes involved. Furthermore, students explore the role of the individual in society and conflict in drama via analytical and creative study.

Finally, students are required to make active connections between a literary text and some non-literary material in an independent investigation (NEA).

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 

  • 3 x key assessments

Year 13

  • 2 x externally assessed examinations

  • 1 x Non-exam assessment (NEA), externally verified

Market Lane, Gateshead NE11 9NX, UK