Core Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to encourage ambition. Students aiming high have the opportunity to achieve 3 qualifications* and 9 ASDAN credits during the 5-year curriculum.

English at Woolston Brook School follows the National Curriculum and focuses on developing skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking + Listening. We also provide learner specific intervention across all key stages.

Qualifications: Step Up to English: Silver (E2) and Gold (E3), AQA GCSE English Language.

ASDAN Short Course Certificates: English (60-hours) and Careers and Experiencing Work (30-hours).

ASDAN English Short Course

Who is it for?
  • KS4 students are undertaking ASDAN Short Course in English

The English Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of English language and literature activities. The challenges can be seen as preparation for coursework, as well as assessment opportunities. They can also underpin study of pre-release material and preparation for some elements of GCSE English language and literature examinations.

The flexibility of ASDAN’s Short Courses means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

ASDAN Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course

Who is it for?

Year 10 students will have the opportunity to complete 30-hours of this course in a cross-curricular scheme of work. Students will:

  • Explore career options.
  • Take part in an interview with an industry professional.
  • Write a Personal Statement.
Facts and Figures – ASDAN Short Courses
  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE

Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills


Students will explore a variety of topics including: Myths and Legends, News Articles, Poetry, Narratives and Persuasive writing. Students reading skills will be developed from recognising and independently reading words, to finding information in a text and decoding meaning, to interpreting themes and ideas in different writing styles. The development of writing skills will focus on the communication of ideas and furthering spelling, punctuation and grammar skills including paragraphing, clauses with commas and using an active or passive voice. Students will also take part class discussions and role-play activities to develop their speaking and listening skills.

KS3 and KS4

At the start of each school year, a baseline assessment will be completed to assess students current working levels. Students are continually and formally assessed throughout the year.

Formal assessment is broken down in to 23 core objectives. These form the framework of the five-year curriculum. Each of the core objectives has been broken down in to 12 levels of skill matching the Entry Level and GCSE grading criteria.

The focus of learning is split between reading and writing skills: Students will learn how to identify meaning in a text, analyse how writers use language and structure and compare how writers communicate their views and perspectives. Students will also learn how to develop their fictional and non-fiction writing skills, this includes developing their use of language and punctuation, as well as writing in different formats including letters, articles, descriptions and narratives. Speaking and Listening skills are continually developed through class discussions and activities all


In year 7 students explore a range of topics and skills.

In years 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to complete or work towards the Step-up to English Silver and Gold qualifications.

Each year students will explore:

A fictional text, poetry and Shakespeare.


The GCSE course is AQA GCSE English Language.


  • Students will learn how to write both fiction and non-fiction, using language techniques, varied vocabulary and ambitious punctuation. Students will also develop their analysis
    and comparisons skills, exploring a wide range of texts. Assessments is in the form of two exams.
    Paper 1 – 1hour 45-minutes – Fiction
    Paper 2 – 1hour 45-minutes – Non-Fiction