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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Description to follow soon.

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Key Stage 4


Examination Board: CCEA

The course is unitized and allows students the opportunity to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum in Northern Ireland.

CCEA award GCSE qualifications on a grade scale from A* to G, with A* being the highest. The nine grades available are as follows:

Grade A* A B C* C D E F G

Unit 1 : Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-fiction and Media Texts (30%)

Unit 2: Speaking and Listening  (20%)

Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language (20%)

Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-fiction Texts (30%)

If candidates fail to attain a grade G or above, they report their result as unclassified (U).


Examination Board: OCN

OCN NI’s Essential Skills qualification in Communication is tailored specifically for particular learners. It will provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to hit the ground running in the world of work or further study. The course allows students to work at their own pace.

The aim of this qualification is to improve the learners’ ability to:

  • speak, listen, respond and engage in discussion

  • read, obtain and understand information

  • write to communicate

Level 1 – comparable to working at NVQ level 1, GCSEs D-G, Foundation Diploma

Level 2 – comparable to working at NVQ level 2, GCSE’s A-C, Higher Diploma

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Key Stage 5


Location: Laurelhill Community College

Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE English Grade C and GCSE English Literature Grade C is desirable.

Course Content: 

AS Part 1: The Study of Poetry 1900 – Present and Drama 1900 to Present 

  • poetry by two poets (R. Frost and S. Heaney) 

  • understanding of a play (“A Streetcar named Desire” by T. Williams) 

AS Part 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900

  • a novel “Frankenstein” by M. Shelley 

A2 Part 1: Shakespearean Genres 

  • students analyse a single play of Shakespearean genre 

A2 Part 2: The study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry

  • poetry by a poet (J. Donne) 

A2 Part 3: Internal Assessment 

  • Students draw on skills developed in their AS study, in particular the study of prose pre 1900 in Unit AS 2, to communicate effectively their knowledge and understanding of the novel form. This unit encourages independent study, wider reading and enjoyment of modern literature.

  • Students engage in a detailed study of two novels, one of which must be a twenty-first-century novel. We encourage students to select their own novels, with teacher guidance and support. Students also explore the contexts in which each novel was written and analyse connections across the texts. The internally assessed essay helps students develop research abilities and writing skills.

Assessment Methods: Three 4 written exams (2 x 2hours, 1x 1 hour and 1x 1,5 hour) and 2500 words essay as an internal assessment

Progression: English or Arts/Humanities based degrees at University.

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