English - Key Stage 5

Students enhance their understanding and appreciation of English from Years 10 and 11, when they study English Literature at A Level. Students prepare for AQA English Literature Specification B, and study this at AS and A2 level. The course enables students to explore different interpretations of texts, together with creativity. The theme for AS is World War One Literature, and in order to prepare students and develop their own understanding of the significance of these texts, the English Department organise a field trip to Ypres to visit significant sites from World War One.

English Literature AS

One examination (30%)

Texts in context – students study a range of texts in the unit World War One Literature. Birdsong, Regeneration, The Oxford Anthology of War Poems, Blackadder Goes Forth, Journey’s End, together with a selection of letters, diaries, and biographies ensure that students have a good understanding of the historical context of these texts, together with an appreciation of the use of language and themes.

Coursework (20%)

Creative Study – students have the choice of writing in character, transforming texts, or personal interpretation of the prose texts they have studied. In addition, students analyse a set drama, linking it to another literary work.

English Literature A2

One examination (30%)

Reading for Meaning on the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’ – students study a wide range of texts within this category and explore and analyse unseen texts, comparing them to the ones they have studied.

Coursework (20%)

Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study – students compare one Shakespeare play with two other literary work, exploring themes, language and impact.

The English Department also offers Media Studies at A Level. Students prepare for WJEC Media Studies AS and A2.

Media Studies AS

One Examination (25%)

MS1 – Media Representations and Responses – students study a range of media texts, including print based and audio-visual texts. Students analyse the construction of these texts, together with the representation of different genders, ages, ethnicity, events, issues, and regional / national identities. They also explore audience responses to these texts, incorporating audience categories and media theories.

Coursework (25%)

MS2 – Media Production Processes – students use their knowledge, understanding and creativity to produce a pre-production and production text on a set theme e.g. the music industry, producing CD covers and storyboard for music videos. Students demonstrate their technical accuracy, creativity and understanding of the media industry to produce these pieces and then write a report on the production process they have used.

Media Studies A2

One Examination (25%)

Media Text, Industry and Audience – students study three texts from three different industries, exploring the construction of the text; the industry as a whole, including regulation, distribution, marketing; and audience response.

Coursework (25%)

Media Investigation and Production – students produce 3 pieces of work including a written investigation into media texts; a production piece; and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research. These pieces are linked e.g. an investigation into the representation of teenagers in two British films; their own film scenes; and then an evaluation of their work based on their understanding from the investigation.

By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life. - Jean Baptiste Girard

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