English Literature

Students study the AQA 8702 specification. 

The specification takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres. The question papers and mark schemes allow teachers to get back to inspirational literature teaching and allow students of all abilities to achieve their best on every question.

The texts we currently study are Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Conflict Poetry and a Christmas Carol.

English Language

Students study AQA 8700 specification. 

The specification offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language in an untiered context. Questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses.

The specification offers the attraction of two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.

Each paper has a distinct identity to better support high quality provision and engaging teaching and learning. 

Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. 

Paper 2, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

We also complete the Spoken Language Assessment which covers the Speaking and Listening element of the GCS


Students study AQA 8300 specification.

The specification covers the five main areas of Maths: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Geometry, Probability and Statistics combined.

The GCSE is split into three exams, 1 non calculator and 2 calculator.  For the calculator exams we highly recommend that you have the Casio fx-83GT PLUS

Combined Science


Students study the AQA GCSE Biology (8461) specification.

At the end of the course students sit 2 exams both contain various types of questions. We work with our students at CHES to develop their confidence and help them to improve their exam technique through regular practice, as this is as important as learning the science content. Students are also prepared for the 7 required Practicals that are part of GCSE Biology. This is done through normal lessons and also practical sessions where students come together in small groups to carry out the required practicals.

This course is examined through 2 exam papers each is 1 hour 45 minutes long and students can be entered for Foundation or Higher tier. Each paper contains a mixture of types of exam questions: multiple choice, structured, short answer and longer written answer.