‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.' (Dr. Seuss)

English at UCTC offers students the opportunity to explore their own creativity and imagination and develop critical skills through a wide range of engaging texts. As a team of teaching and learning professionals, we always strive to:

  • equip our students with the literacy skills they will need for life.
  • ensure our students’ experience of English is rich, interesting, diverse and challenging.
  • foster a love of language and literature at all levels through an outstanding curriculum.
  • challenge all of our students, demand the best from them and celebrate their successes.
  • be learning and reading role models.
  • give students a consistently excellent experience in terms of the:
    • ‘climate’ for learning
    • quality of teaching and planning
    • progress they can expect to make in English
    • quality, regularity and usefulness of feedback 
    • pace and challenge of lessons.

Our Curriculum:

Year 7 - The Detective Genre, The Novel and Poetry, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Fantasy Writing.

Year 8 - Dystopian Fiction and Writing, Freedom Poetry and Non-Fiction, The Gothic Genre, ‘Frankenstein’.

Year 9 - ‘Of Mice and Men’, The Writer’s Craft, ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Non-Fiction Writing, ‘Macbeth’, Poetry.

Year 10 and 11 - AQA English Literature: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology, Unseen Poetry; AQA English Language: Imaginative and Transactional Writing, 20th and 21st Century Fiction, 19th and 20th/21st Century Non-Fiction/Literary Non-Fiction.

For English Language, students will be taught to:

  • Speak    
    • Understand, order and present facts, ideas and opinions verbally
    • Articulate experiences and express their thoughts and feelings
    • Communicate clearly and fluently
    • Use language and register that is appropriate to audience and context
    • Listen to and respond appropriately to the contributions of others
  • Read    
    • Understand and collate explicit meanings
    • Understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes
    • Select analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes
    • Understand how writers achieve effects
  • Write    
    • Articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined    
    • Order and present facts, ideas and opinions
    • Understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary
    • Use language and register appropriate to audience and context
    • Make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling

For English Literature, students will be taught to:

  • Respond to a range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries critically and imaginatively, selecting and evaluating relevant textual details to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • Read and understand poetry, prose and drama in their social, cultural and historical contexts, interpreting and exploring writers’ use of narrative and literary methods.
  • Make comparisons and explore links between different texts.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Over the years, our students have enjoyed exciting trips and in-school enrichment opportunities. These include: Year 9 trips to the Globe theatre, Year 10/11 trips to see GCSE core texts in action (‘Macbeth’/’An Inspector Calls’), a GCSE Student Conference, workshops with famous authors, Poetry by Heart, a ‘Newspaper Reporting’ workshop and much more. We offer different experiences each year as opportunities arise and we respond to curriculum developments.

For more information about English at UCTC, please contact Annie Stone at the College.