Welcome to English

The English learning area is well known for its academic achievements and the range of enrichment opportunities it provides including trips to the theatre, cinema, museums and residential study trips, as well as chances throughout the year to showcase students’ creative writing abilities.

I've done lots of linguistics over the years and all because of Itchen showing me just how cool it is!
- Catherine Webb, former Itchen student (now studying at University of Sydney)
In 2016 three of our A Level subjects had 100% pass rate.

Our Courses

English Functional Skills

Vocational Level 1 & 2

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English Language

A Level

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English Language & Literature

A Level

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English Language GCSE

Vocational Level 2

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English Literature

A Level

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See us in action

Student success

Emily Priest

Emily Priest

Emily was a passionate writer during her time at Itchen and got involved in various writing competitions, along with being a writer and presenter for Itchen Radio. 

She achieved A*, A, Distinction*, Distinction in English Language, Creative Writing, Fine Art and Journalism. 

Emily is going on to the University of Portsmouth to study Creative and Media Writing. 


Department news

English Trip to Paris

From Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March, students from English Language, English Language & Literature and Creative Writing were away in Paris. The students have…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

On Thursday 26 January Creative Writing students from Itchen College showcased their work as part of Southampton’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, which…

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Public Readings for Holocaust Memorial Day on Thursday

On Thursday 26 January, our AS Creative Writing students will be undertaking public readings as part of Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day. The students will…

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Key personnel

Shaun O'Toole - Learning Area Manager for English

Shaun O'Toole

As well as overseeing the department, Shaun is a teacher of English Language. He is very proud of his department, and they often run national trips to locations such as the Globe Theatre, British Library, and have visits from university lecturers.