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English and Media

Key Stage 3


“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” (Sylvia Plath.)

At Melbourn Village College, our English team is committed to inspiring young minds by encouraging students to be imaginative and creative. We give our students the confidence to experiment and  take risks with their writing. We want our students to have the determination, perseverance and true grit to succeed in a broad subject that undoubtedly opens many new doors and exciting opportunities for the future. Our students develop self-expression and fluency in their writing, self-confidence in presenting their ideas, and the capability to use language to communicate effectively and present themselves to their best advantage. Pupils at Melbourn Village College study a range of modules which enable them to engage with the many different spheres of learning English. Students study a Shakespeare play every year; read and interpret a range of modern novels; explore the world of poetry; and discover many genres of writing, using language in different forms for a range of audiences. As part of our enriched curriculum we also offer opportunities for students to get involved in a range of events throughout the year, which help to extend, embed and strengthen the skills developed during their lessons.

The English Department:

  • Miss K. King - Head of English
  • Mrs S. Hallam - Second in Dept
  • Mrs B. Tobutt
  • Ms N. Bailey
  • Miss J. Douglas


Please see the relevant Year Group curriculum plan for details of assessments.

Key Stage 4



  • In accordance with the new curriculum, students will no longer be required to complete controlled assessments as part of their GCSE. Their final GCSE grades for both English Language and Literature will be awarded through their final examinations at the end of Year 11.
  • Speaking and Listening will be reported separately and no longer contributes to the overall grade.
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar marks allocated on the Literature paper. Worth up to 8 marks in total for both papers.

English Language (AQA examination board)

Final Examination

  • Paper 1 (50%): Reading (One literature fiction text 20th/21stcentury)
  • Writing (Descriptive and/or Narrative)
  • Paper 2 (50%): Reading. (One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text. One will be 19th century and the other will be 20th/21st)
  • Writing. (Transactional writing and writing to present a viewpoint)

English Literature (AQA examination board)

Paper 1: (40%)

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • 19th Century novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Paper 2: (60%)

  • Modern text: An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley
  • Cluster poetry: power and conflict (students will learn a collection of 15 poems from this section.)
  • Unseen poetry comparison

How can you support your child?

The students will have homework every week - speak to his/her English teacher as soon as possible if your child needs help.

Don’t stop reading (anything and everything –it all helps).

A good dictionary and a straightforward thesaurus.

Develop good editing skills: he/she needs to be able to edit his/her own work for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Media Studies

Media Studies at Melbourn provides an opportunity for students to expand their focus beyond literature and non-fiction texts and look at a wider range of media products. Students will view, evaluate and analyse products ranging from magazines to films.

Students will study media language, consider how different groups and issues are represented in differing media products and learn about the institutions that are involved in their creation.

They will have an opportunity to develop practical skills related to media by developing their understanding of photography and filming, as well as learning how to edit and manipulate text, images, videos and sound.

Students will study a variety of film genres, analyse how products are marketed and create their own advertising campaign, and produce a film trailer after researching appropriate forms and conventions. Each year a new exam topic is provided which gives students a chance to do an in-depth study of a media topic, examples from past years include Science Fiction films and Television news.

Details of the current specification and the proposed specification for September 2017 are available here.


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