English GCSE Revision Website

Jane Austen College specialises in English. This subject is therefore at the heart of the curriculum vision for the school.

Reading, writing and communication skills are explicitly taught and assessed across all subjects in the curriculum. Students have wide and regular opportunities for reading within all of their subjects. Literacy is an enabling competence and as such is vitally important.


We open students’ minds to a broad, deep knowledge and understanding of English language and literature from some of the best things that have been said and written.


We enable students to become fully literate, communicate effectively, and develop curiosity about the world.

Lower school curriculum:

Year 7 Unit Titles

  1. Medieval Literature

  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  3. Sonnets through time

Year 8 Unit Titles

  1. Julius Caesar

  2. Romantic Poetry

  3. Oliver Twist

Year 9 Unit Titles

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird

  2. An Inspector Calls

  3. Power and Conflict Poetry

Year 10 Unit Titles (all three units are taught concurrently throughout Y10)

  1. Romeo and Juliet

  2. Power and Conflict Poetry

  3. GCSE English Language

Year 11 Unit Titles

  1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Hyde

  2. Interleaved Literature and Language Revision

  3. Interleaved Literature and Language Revision

Sixth form curriculum:

Units: Literature

  1. Shakespeare: Othello (Paper 1 Section A)

  2. Unseen Poetry then Anthology Poetry (Paper 1 Sections B and C)

  3. Unseen Prose intro, then The Great Gatsby and comparisons with Anthology poems (Paper 1 Section C)

  4. NEA: Teach King Lear and set up coursework- planning and writing support

  5. Unseen Prose (Paper 2)

  6. The Handmaid’s Tale (Paper 2)

  7. Duffy Poetry

  8. A Streetcar Named Desire and Duffy comparison

  9. Revision

Units: Language

  1. Component 1B and Intro to Language (concurrent at the moment- Intro unit to be replanned for next year)

  2. 1 hour of coursework per week from Autumn term (Style models, audiences, genres-investigating)

  3. Component 1A

  4. Component 2

  5. Revision: Component 1A and B

  6. Component 3 Practice

  7. Component 3

  8. Revision