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The Henry

English Language







100% terminal examination






The subject content of the syllabus relates directly to the programme of study for Years 10 and 11 of the National Curriculum. 


Students will be expected to produce a variety of fiction and non-fiction writing, demonstrating an awareness of the use of language in appropriate forms. Students will also need to acquire skills in information retrieval in response to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. 



Paper 1: Responding to one literature fiction text and writing descriptively (Explorations in creative reading and writing).


Paper 2: Responding to non-fiction texts and writing to present a specific viewpoint (Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives).


Both papers will assess the skills of retrieving relevant information from a text; analysing language and structure of a text using appropriate subject terminology; comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives; evaluating texts critically; communicating and organising information effectively; writing accurately using a varied range of vocabulary.


Suggested Revision Guides and Workbooks

AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE – exams 2017 onwards:

  • Collins ‘SNAP Revision- Reading’- for AQA English Language Papers 1&2
  • Collins ‘SNAP Revision- Writing’- for AQA English Language Papers 1&2



Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 are comprised of a variety of creative and imaginative language and literature modules. There are 6 modules in each year and these alternate between a language and a literature focus.


The study of English language in year 7 and 8 is approached through a series of exciting modules that revolve around non-literary sources. Students in year 8 take part in a module called ‘News Desk’ where they not only explore a variety of print and television media but also create their own newspapers and news broadcasts using the IT suites as part of the BBC News Report project. Students also explore inspirational speeches from the last century, learning to critique and analyse the techniques used in these speeches, as well as studying a variety of travel writing that encompasses writers from a variety of different cultures.



Both of these Revision Guides are available on the school website