“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read them” - Mark Twain

In English, we aim to ensure that Hendon students achieve to the very fullest of their potential whilst imparting to them a genuine passion for reading and the study of literature. In addition, we create exciting, extra-curricular opportunities where students can become involved in a range of creative activities

Edexcel http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-literature-2015.html

Entry requirements – Minimum B in English Literature and Language

AS Level
Component 1: Unseen Poetry and Drama Examination: 60%
Component 2: Prose Examination: 40%
A2 Level
Component 1: Drama Examination: 30%
Component 2: Prose Examination: 20%
Component 3: Poetry Examination: 30%
Component 4: Coursework: 20%





Year 12


Poems of the Decade

Never Let Me Go

A Streetcar named Desire

Prose exam revision (AS level Paper 2)

Drama and Poetry exam revision ( AS level Paper1)

Year 13


Romantic Poetry

Revision of Drama exam (A level Paper 1)

Unseen poetry

Revision of Prose exam (A level Paper 2)

Revision of Poetry exam (A level Paper 3)


Outside the classroom

The English faculty are very enthusiastic about offering extra-curricular experiences to our students from all of the key stages. We ensure that they have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of trips and activities.

For the past two years students have become BBC Reporters and worked for months leading up to a live news day. Their videos and reports were uploaded onto the BBC website and some aired on the evening news.

On Enrichment days we have offered trips to The Globe Theatre and the British Library. Additionally, students will have opportunities throughout the year to attend theatre productions and workshops to enhance the curriculum they study in English.

Progression pathways and careers

Being able to read, write and speak English well is an essential component of all aspects of everyday life. The study of English at Hendon School helps to prepare all students for the communicative necessities of life beyond school.

The study of English, as a subject, has a direct connection to career paths that depend on writing such as journalism. For other careers, such as law, the study of English is often a valuable stepping stone and is considered a facilitating subject by many universities.

Useful links






Mr Cameron Dunham, Head of English Faculty: DunhamC@hendonschool.co.uk

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