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  • Mr D Donaldson
  • B.Ed., M.Ed., P.Q.H.

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English with Media Education

A good command of the English language equips students to communicate effectively in all situations throughout their education and adult life. In Cullybackey College we seek to help pupils achieve the highest possible individual standards of communication and literacy.


All of our teaching and learning is based around the three central strands of Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening.

Pupils will be enabled to develop skills of understanding, engagement, analysis and evaluation.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will be given opportunities to:

  • Read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts for information, ideas and enjoyment;
  • Use a range of strategies to read with increasing confidence;
  • Find, select and use information from a range of sources;
  • Understand and explore ideas, events, characters, themes and language features;
  • Use evidence from texts to form and explain opinions.

Material used includes novels, poetry, plays, short stories, leaflets, magazine and newspaper articles, reports, letters, diaries and media texts including films and internet resources.

All pupils are encouraged towards maximum improvement through the Accelerated Reading Programme which monitors individual progress through online quizzes. Certificates are regularly awarded for personal achievement.

Pupils will learn to recognise and use the features of a wide range of writing styles, including how to narrate, describe, reflect, entertain, explain, inform, instruct, argue, persuade, discuss and analyse.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will be given opportunities to:

  • Talk about, plan and edit work;
  • Communicate information, ideas, feelings and imaginings in a clear and organised way;
  • Present ideas in traditional and digital formats for different audiences and purposes;
  • Increase accuracy of spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and grammar.

Writing tasks include stories, scripts, diaries, formal and informal letters, reports, articles, leaflets, discursive essays and speeches.

Pupils follow an individualised Spelling Programme, as well as focussing on topical vocabulary and WOW words.

Additional support for written English is provided in small group situations.

Talking and Listening
Talking and Listening is an intrinsic part of every English class. Pupils will develop confidence and empathy as they take part in Group Discussions, Presentations and Role-Plays.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will be given opportunities to:

  • Contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others’ points of view;
  • Communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings using an expanding vocabulary;
  • Structure their talk so that ideas can be understood by others;
  • Speak clearly and adapt ways of talking for different audiences and situations;
  • Use non-verbal methods to express ideas and engage the listener.

Regular assessment of each of these areas of English enables us to provide pupils with positive encouragement and guidance towards improvement.


At Key Stage 4 a range of qualifications are provided, catering for all abilities and interests. Pupils are allocated to English groups of similar ability, enabling specific teaching and encouraging them to engage in their studies with confidence.

Groups 1-4 follow the CCEA specification for GCSE English Language
In addition to this pupils will study either:
GCSE English Literature (CCEA) or
GCSE Media Studies (WJEC).

Groups 5 -6 follow the CCEA specification for
Essential Skills Communication Levels 1 and 2.

GCSE English Language

Exam Units
Unit 1: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Personal writing
Section B: Reading - Multi-modal texts
Unit 2: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Discursive
Section B: Reading - Non-fiction
Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier.

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening [20%]
3 tasks:

  • Individual presentation
  • Group interaction
  • Role play

Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively [40%]
3 tasks:

  • 4.1 The Study of Spoken Language
  • 4.2 The Study of Written Language
  • 4.3 Writing Creatively

English Literature

Exam Units
Unit 1: The Study of Prose
1 hour examination
Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry
2 hour examination
Section A: The Study of Drama
Section B: The Study of Poetry
Section C: Response to an Unseen Poetry
Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts
2 part task in response to a Shakespeare play and a heritage prose text
Further information is available on the CCEA website.

Media Studies

Written Exam:40%
Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning (2 hrs 15 mins)
Section A: Thinking about the media - Investigating
Four questions: candidates respond to stimulus material chosen from a topic set by WJEC. This section will also assess the way the contemporary media is convergent.
Section B: Thinking about the media - Planning
A series of tasks: candidates demonstrate planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks which demonstrates knowledge of the convergent nature of the contemporary media.

Controlled Assessment: 60%
Unit 2 Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing

Three pieces of work are required from at least two different media:
 two textual investigations on two different media areas (20%)
 one media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation of the production (40%).

Further information is available on the WJEC website.

Essential Skills Communication

Groups 5 -6 follow the CCEA specification for
Essential Skills Communication Levels 1 and 2.
This Literacy qualification is recognised by Further Education colleges and employers as the equivalent of a GCSE pass at Level 2.

Pupils are required to complete the following tasks:

Action-based Activity 50%
Reading for Research
Group Discussion
Individual Presentation (Level 2 only)
Writing for a purpose (2 different formats and purposes)

Desk-top Task 50%
Section A: Reading
Section B: Writing
Both tasks are based on a non-fiction resource booklet

Pupils must pass both tasks at the required standard to achieve certification at that level.

Further information is available on the CCEA website.

GCE A LEVEL English Literature

In sixth form pupils can choose to study the CCEA specification for A Level English Literature.

AS 1:The Study of Drama
Internal assessment 2 pieces

AS 2:The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 and the Study of Prose 1800–1945
Examination 2 hours

A2 1: The Study of Poetry (1300-1800) and Drama
Examination 2 hours

A2 2: The Study of Prose – theme based
Examination 2 hours

Further information is available on the CCEA website.