English Key Stage 3

Course Information

The course comprises separate materials for years 7, 8 and 9, and covers the study of poetry, prose fiction and drama, including Shakespeare. Aspects of the student’s own spoken and written work are also covered. Throughout their Key Stage 3 studies, the student will learn to:

  • Plan, draft and present their own written work
  • Imagine, explore and entertain through working with literature
  • Inform, explain and describe in fiction and non-fiction writing
  • Persuade, argue and advise in discussions
  • Analyse, review and comment effectively when evaluating texts
English Key Stage 3

Each year has 30 lessons and 10 tutor-marked assignments.

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  • Myths and Folklore
  • Michelle Paver: Wolf Brother
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Beverley Naidoo: The Other Side of Truth
  • Autobiography


  • Literary Non-Fiction
  • Sally Grindley: Spilled Water
  • Berlie Doherty: The Snake-Stone
  • Poetry
  • Media and Non-Fiction
  • Louis Sachar: Holes


An important part of studying English at this level is learning how to respond to (and write about) a variety of texts – poetry, prose and drama in particular. The course is split into six modules covering different types of text:

  • Robert Swindells: Stone Cold
  • Media and non-fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Joan Lingard: Across the Barricades
  • Poetry
  • David Almond: Heaven Eyes

How much does it cost?

At key stage 3, you can either purchase one year for a subject or purchase the whole three year course.

One subject year (e.g. Year 7 English) is charged at £250.

Subsequent subjects applied for at the same time are then charged at £225.

A three year course (e.g. Years 7, 8 and 9 for English) is charged at £650.

You can pay in full or by instalments. See our pricing page for further details.

As students work through a course they have support from a qualified tutor that has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education. They will help by:

  • Marking all course assignments
  • Providing written and verbal feedback as required
  • Providing telephone and email support

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Module Guides for Parents

Each module of the KS3 English has a parents guide. Each Parents’ Guide contains everything that a parent should need to offer practical support to the student.

This includes the answers to the activities and discussion ideas based on the student’s answers.

The Guides also contain:

  • discussion of practical issues
  • guidance on internet resources
  • a section on topics the student may find difficult


Tutor-marked assignment specimen answers are emailed to both the parent and the guardian once your tutor has marked the assignment.

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Students will be required to read certain books alongside our course materials. Details of these can be found on this page and in the introduction to each course.

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