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KS3 English

At Key Stage 3 we aim to:

  • introduce students to a wide range of challenging texts to develop their understanding of literature
  • enable students to analyse a range of non-fiction texts which are integrated into the content of each unit
  • develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a study of fiction, including traditional texts and those from world literature
  • explicitly teach key aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar which are reinforced through the schemes of work
  • prepare students for their GCSEs by building in exam-focused work and through building students’ confidence and competency with all areas of the examinations.
  • encourage students to develop a love of reading through library lessons and exciting opportunities to meet authors such as Robin Jarvis.
  • At KS3, students will study a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction texts and will complete the following units of work:

Year 7
‘War Horse’, The Beginnings of English Language, Poems from Different Cultures, The World Around Us (a thematic unit), Spies (a thematic unit) and Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Year 8
‘The Whale Rider’, ‘Dracula’, Fighting for Freedom (a thematic unit), Crime and Detection (a thematic unit), ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and Love Through the Ages (a thematic unit)

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

English is a dynamic subject and central to the College curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 we aim to:

  • develop students’ understanding of a range of challenging fiction and non-fiction texts, including writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st century
  • encourage students to become the best they can be by offering expert subject specialists and five English lessons per week.
  • offer opportunities to become critical, independent thinkers
  • encourage students to think beyond their text, classroom and community, and to respect the world contexts they are living in
  • fully prepare students for their terminal GCSE examinations.

All students will study both English Language and English Literature, for which they will gain two GCSEs. Students will begin preparation for their GCSEs in Year 9 and will work on themed units that focus on developing their reading and writing skills. Students will be given opportunities to read a range of engaging and challenging texts and will be encouraged to write creatively. All GCSE students are encouraged to develop independence, resilience and a commitment to excellence.

In Years 10 and 11, students will focus their studies on the set examination texts and will continue to develop as readers and writers. The set GCSE texts are: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley and a collection of war and conflict poetry. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will explore a range of literary and non-fiction texts and will complete formal, GCSE-style assessments throughout the three-year course. All students will sit four terminal exams at the end of Year 11 and will be awarded a level between 1 and 9. A ‘good’ GCSE pass will be classified as gaining a level 5 or above. At KS4 students will study the following:

Year 9
‘Of Mice and Men’, short stories, ‘All in the Mind’ (a thematic unit). relationship poetry, ‘Town and Country’ (a thematic unit), ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Years 10 and 11
A Christmas Carol, Unseen Poetry, Power and Conflict Poetry, Language Paper 1 and 2 (19th, 20th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction, Spoken Language, ‘An Inspector Calls’/’Lord of the Flies’/’The Curious Incident of the Dog’

Assessment is as follows:

  • there are no controlled assessments
  • GCSE English Language has two examination papers
  • GCSE English Literature also has two examination papers
  • spoken language skills are assessed through a single task and the award is reported alongside the GCSE Language grade. The spoken language assessment is separate from the GCSE Language qualification
  • examination papers are not tiered. All students take the same examination papers, regardless of ability.

English: a qualification for life

A-level English Language

AS Level

(most students will take the full A-level course but a small minority will choose to only study to AS Level)

What will you learn?
This course will broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of how language creates who we are and the world we live in. English Language students will develop a greater understanding of grammar and methods of analysing texts.

The course comprises:

  • Examination paper 1: How the English language is used in a variety of personal and social contexts
  • Examination paper 2: The development of speech, reading and writing in children between the ages of 0 and 8

This popular course encourages a curiosity and appreciation of the English language. You will examine how contexts can influence the way we communicate and how our language helps to shape our identities. You will understand how and why our use of language develops as children.

Method of Assessment: 100% examination
There are two examination papers. There is no coursework. There are no controlled assessments.
AS English Language is a stand-alone course and is not part of the A-level English Language qualification.

The bigger picture:
You could take AS English Language to complement other advanced level courses. This could lead to a range of higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as teaching or a career in the Media. You could also go straight into employment as the AS GCE provides you with a range of skills and an in-depth knowledge of language that many employers are looking for.

What career options do you have?
English Language and Literature courses open up many routes into higher education, providing an ideal base for further study of English at university or as a foundation for arts, humanities or social science courses. These courses provide very flexible qualifications, which will prove useful in most professions. Students have gone on to be journalists for local and national newspapers, regional TV presenters and to carry out original linguistic research for higher degrees.

Where can I find out more information?
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

A2 Level

What will you learn?
This course builds on the knowledge and skills you have developed over two years. You will explore and analyse language data by researching a chosen area of linguistic interest. You will also examine how the English language has changed over time and you will have the opportunity to write creatively.

The course comprises:

  • Examination paper 1: Language Variation (personal and social identity and language change)
  • Examination paper 2: Child language acquisition
  • Examination paper 3: Language investigation
  • Coursework: creative writing and commentary

Method of Assessment:
Three examination papers: 80% of A-level
Coursework and commentary: 20% of A-level

The bigger picture:
You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for a higher education qualification in English Language or for more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as teaching or a career in the Media. You could also go straight into employment as the AS GCE provides you with a range of skills and an in-depth knowledge of language that many employers are looking for.

What career options do you have?
English Language and Literature courses open up many routes into higher education, providing an ideal base for further study of English at university or as a foundation for arts, humanities or social science courses. These courses provide very flexible qualifications, which will prove useful in most professions. Students have gone on to be journalists for local and national newspapers, regional TV presenters and to carry out original linguistic research for higher degrees.

Where can I find out more information?
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

A-level English Literature

(most students will take the full A-level course but a small minority will choose to only study to AS Level)

What will you be learning?

English Literature in the Sixth Form takes you on a trip through a vast variety of key literary pieces, based on the genres of drama, poetry and the novel. If you love reading and want an insight into some of the major English written works and some of its cutting edge new authors, this course will be ideal for you.

In studying for AS-level, we focus on three sets of texts, which form two examinations.

The poetry element is a collection of 21st century pieces, written by a variety of current British and Irish poets. We learn to analyse and compare these. They are a set of works which vary, from traditional ballads and sonnets to free verse and post-modernist structures; all deal with ideas which are contemporary and very accessible.

The prose texts are linked together around the theme of The Supernatural. The older of these is Dracula, a gothic horror set partly in our home town and an obvious choice for us as we have the landscape of the novel at our fingertips. The second, The Little Stranger, is also heavily gothic and focuses on a 20th century haunting in a decaying aristocratic mansion.

Finally, our drama is the gripping and often melodramatic Dr Faustus, the tale of a man who makes a bargain with the devil himself in order to achieve his heart’s desire.

You will therefore end Year 12 with an AS-grade.

If you chose to move on to A-level, we revise the same texts for a new set of slightly different examination papers; additionally you will study some new texts.

For drama we add in a hugely significant Shakespearean tragedy (Othello, King Lear or Hamlet) where we will also study the nature of tragedy and its contexts.

The prose element remains the same, but there is an additional set of poetry: this time either studying a named poet or else a poetry period. These will vary from year to year, but typical choices are The Romantics, Modernism, Chaucer or John Keats. These are all classic movements or writers and will focus on some of the most significant literary creations in our culture.

Overall, the course should let you enjoy a delve into the most important and influential literature from the English canon and will broaden and enrich you as a student.

 

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