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Core Subjects

Core Subjects 

English & English Literature



Why do you study English Language

As English is such an important subject and will teach you invaluable skills that are essential in everyday life, the study of English is compulsory. Through the study of English, students will develop their literacy, analysis and communication skills. These are skills that employers will look for and one of the reasons why excellent results in this subject are important.


Career Options

There are many different careers you could follow from English, such as:• Digital copywriter;• Editorial assistant;• English as a Foreign Language Teacher;• Journalist;• Any career which involves Literacy skills or analysis;• Developing a love and understanding of literature;• Understanding appropriate writing and communication skills.


What else could you get out of English Language?

English is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical and communication skills. Not only will studying English give you the ability to solve analytical problems, it will also help you develop creative thinking skills to tackle everyday issues like writing reports and communicating both verbally and in written work.

How is the course assessed?

4 exam papers at the end of Year 11

English Language:

Paper 1 – Exploration in Creative Reading and Writing – 1 hour 45minutes

Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – 1 hour 45 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                         

English Literature:

Paper 1- Shakespeare and the 19th century novel- 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2- Modern texts and Poetry- 2 hours 15 minutes

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Attitudes to Learning

A positive attitude and a willingness to work hard within school and at home. You need to be prepared to have your thinking challenged, to make mistakes and learn from them.




Why should you study Maths

All throughout the day, from the moment that you get up to the time you go to bed, Maths plays a crucial part in virtually all of your activities in one form or another. Key aspects of the course are problem solving and interpreting results, which are attributes that employers are always looking for. Good results in Maths are crucial in opening many doorways to future careers.


Career Options

Many careers involve aspects of Maths and associated skills so you can't avoid it! However careers that you can follow from Maths include: Accountant, Banker, Data analyst (fancy being on Sky Sports?), Engineer, Statistician.


What else could you get out of Maths?

Maths will allow you to refine and develop problem solving, analytical and interpretive skills, as well as having the foundation to develop scientific or theoretical problems. Careers such as the trades (builder, plumber, electrician etc.) need you to have certain Mathematical skills too...

How is the course assessed?

3 x 1 hour 30 minutes  papers to be taken at the end of year 11. Paper 1 is non-calculator whereas Papers 2 & 3 both need the use of a scientific calculator.


Attitudes to Learning

A positive attitude and a willingness to work independently both in school and at home. You need to be prepared to be open minded, to make mistakes and learn from them. It helps to be good at working both individually and as part of a team in order to develop those crucial Mathematical communication skills.


Physical Education 

Why do you study PE

This is a compulsory part of the curriculum and students will take part in two hours a week.


Career Options

A variety of careers such as coaching and teaching in sport but the main aim is to enable students to continue to take part in sport independently and for the rest of there lives to be healthy.


What else could you get out of PE?

Physical education develops pupils' competency and confidence to take part in a range of activities. It helps students develop personally and socially working as individuals and as part of a group. They develop concepts such as fairness and resilience. It helps to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.  Students find this is a good way to de-stress from the pressure of exams.


How is the course assessed?

Some of the activities that students take part in include; Football, Netball, Dance, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Fitness, Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Tag Rugby, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket and Handball. Some students will take a leadership qualification and go to Pulse fitness.


Attitudes to Learning

A positive attitude and a willingness to have a go. Kit is required for every lesson and even if a student has a medical reason they will still be required to take part in another role such as a leader, coaching, and as an official.



Mrs M Bytheway
Phoenix Collegiate
Clarkes Lane,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands,

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