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English Language & Literature


Miss Kathryn Caulfield (Head of Department)
Mrs Katrina Thompson, Mrs Leanne Toner, Mrs Olivia O’ Hagan (Mrs P McAleer), Mrs B Loughran, Miss Nuala McAnespy


Welcome to the English Department at St. Patrick’s College. We aim to use our collaborative expertise and skills to ensure that all pupils reach their pupil potential.

Department Aims

As one of the core subjects on the curriculum, we strive to:

  • Focus on Literacy development via effective teaching and learning
  • Meet additional learning needs
  • Use ICT effectively and creatively
  • Improve standards in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
  • Create effective links with the local feeder primary schools
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Undertake regular training on the effective use of data
  • Engage in high quality PRSD tasks
  • Create a show and share culture
  • Maintain and or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English and to create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy English, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best. This will enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.
  • Develop the habit of reading and encourage pupils to value reading as a pleasure and as an important skill for life.
  • Enable pupils to become familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary in standard English.
  • Expose pupils to a wide range of material (both literary and media). We aim to enable pupils to see English as: a major cultural feature; part of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • Enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative, confidence and independence.
  • Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so as English contributes to the development of core skills such as ICT, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils to have equal access to English and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • Value each individual and so encourage each pupil to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight.
  • Develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of English (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.

Curriculum Details

Year 8 –14

4 formal assessments throughout the year

Formal Assessment 1: October
Formal Assessment 2: December
Formal Assessment 3: March
Formal Assessment 4: June

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At KS3 pupils will have the chance to study the three components of English: reading, writing and speaking and listening. A selection of reading materials will be studied including the novel, poetry and media texts. The library will be available to all pupils during English time, one period per week.

A Level English Literature: Awarding body CCEA

This specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a final qualification without progressing to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students must complete the AS and the A2 units. The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

The AS and A2 units are as follows:

  • Unit AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present
  • Unit AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900
  • Unit A2 1: Shakespearean Genres
  • Unit A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry
  • Unit A2 3: Internal Assessment

There are five assessment objectives for this specification. Students must:

  • articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression (AO1);
  • analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts (AO2);
  • demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received (AO3);
  • explore connections across literary texts (AO4); and
  • explore literary texts informed by different interpretations (AO5).

Specification at a Glance

The information below summarises the structure of the AS and A level courses:

AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present
External written examination
2 hours
Students answer two questions, one from Section A and one from Section B.
Section A is open book.
Section B is closed book.
60% of AS
24% of A level

AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900
External written examination
1 hour
Students answer one question.
Closed book
40% of AS
16% of Alevel

A2 1: Shakespearean Genres
External written examination 1 hour 30 mins
Students answer one question. Closed book
20% of A level

A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry
External written examination 2 hours
Students answer two questions, one from Section A and the question set in Section B.
Closed book
20% of A level

A2 3: Internal Assessment
Internal assessment
Students complete a 2500-word essay.
20% of A level

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