English Language is compulsory for all students.  The English Department now offer the new CCEA specification for GCSE.

It is examined through Speaking and Listening assignments (20%), written coursework (40%) and two terminal examinations (20% each).

The terminal examination consists of TWO written papers:

Unit 1 – Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts

Unit 2 – Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction

Unit 3 – Speaking and Listening

Unit 3 is completed under controlled assessment

Coursework:  Unit 4 (three tasks):

Task 1 – The Study of Spoken Language

Task 2 – The Study of a Literary Text

Task 3 – Writing Creatively

Coursework is now completed under controlled assessment, with CCEA setting the tasks each year.


Head of Department

Mrs Nichola McGrath

Subject Teachers

Mr Garvan Gallagher

Mrs Janet Cross

Miss Bernie Curran

Mrs Danielle Hueston

English Literature

English Literature is compulsory for all students

It is examined through coursework (25%) and terminal examination (75%)

The terminal examination consists of two written papers.

Unit 1 - The Study of Prose

Unit 2 - The Study of Drama and Poetry


Unit 3 - The Study of Linked Texts

Coursework is now completed under controlled assessment, with CCEA setting the task each year.

A Level

- Examing Board: CCEA

Subject Introduction

English Literature requires competence and flair of the written word. It is a subject suited for those attaining a minimum of an A grade in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

A level English Literature is divided into four units. Successful completion of the first two units earn an AS qualification in Year 13. In Year 14 the second set of two modules completes the A level.

Qualification & Specification Details:

The full Advanced GCE A Level award is based on students' marks from the AS (40%) and the A1 (60%).


English Literature is useful for all careers. An exploration of reading processes is an interesting and enriching way to approach any literary text.

Employers look for staff who are able to communicate accurately, effectively and appropriately in speech and writing. It is essential for all careers that require GCSE standards. Almost all institutions of higher education demand English at GCSE to grade C standard or better.

English Literature encourages independent and critical readers. It is especially useful for careers in law, journalism, teaching, the media, social sciences and business. Many application procedures now test for proficiency in language and communication abilities.