Key Subject Skills:

  • Reading: including quoting, analysing, exploring, evaluating etc.
  • Writing: structuring a text, paragraphs, variety of sentences, devices and full range of punctuation.
  • Speaking and Listening: debating, justifying, considering the views of others.


SMSC Foci:

Examples of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education in our English curriculum include:

  • Students being given the opportunity to compare their own culture and community with that which is different
  • Students becoming aware of how different societies function and different social structures
  • Students addressing issues of discrimination (race/gender/age) within texts
  • Students being given the opportunity to develop empathy for characters and understand the feelings and emotions of characters in the text
  • Students being encouraged to make reasoned judgements on moral dilemmas that occur in texts
  • Students covering intangible concepts such as love, beauty and nature in poetry
  • Students thinking through the consequences of actions – e.g. advertising, charitable campaigns or sensationalism in the media.


Career Pathways:

  • Most employers consider a C (soon to be Level 5) in English a minimum requirement
  • A Level
  • University/College-academic and vocational courses


The skills you gain through studying an English degree are marketable in most career areas.

Job options

Directly related to an English degree include:


Jobs where an English degree would be useful include:

English graduates find opportunities with many different employers. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including:

  • administration;
  • research;
  • finance;
  • general management.

Other typical employers include:

  • publishing companies;
  • advertising marketing and public relations agencies;
  • media organisations.

The retail, leisure and tourism sectors also typically recruit English graduates.



Tue, 14/11/2017 - 08:41

Please take a few minutes to listen to this. Mia, a students at Newmarket Academy, took part in a slot on Radio 2 last Friday and again this morning, reading out a Poem she had written for Remembrance Sunday. Fantastic work Mia!!