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English Language and Literature

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five good GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C (5-8). Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English Language and Literature at grade B (6) or above.

Description of the subject

The course aims to develop students’ understanding of English Language and Literature as a combined discipline and as such is slightly different to students’ experiences at GCSE. Students cover a range of texts from across time and genres including fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction and detailed analysis of the spoken word. Students are expected to read for pleasure throughout the course in order to broaden their understanding of narratives and how language works within a text.

Assessment of this subject consists of 2 terminal examinations and a coursework portfolio consisting of two pieces of coursework.

What you will do

Students will :

  • Pay close attention to how language is used to construct fictional narratives and plays
  • Analyse speech and how meaning is created in spoken language
  • Analyse how Shakespeare uses language in his plays.
  • Broaden their understanding of different types of text, including speech, fiction and poetry
  • Extend their independent reading
  • Extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.
  • Write both fiction and non-fiction pieces as part of a coursework portfolio

Future prospects

English Language and Literature is a solid foundation for any art-based subject at university (including English, Linguistics, Media Studies, Law, Philosophy, Language, or Social Sciences) as on completion of their A Level students will be skilled essay writers and will have developed strong communication skills.

English Literature

Students must have five good GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C (5-8). Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English Language and Literature at grade B (6) or above.

Description of the subject

English Literature builds on skills already developed at GCSE. Students cover a range of texts from across genres, drawing comparisons and analysing ideas and themes in depth. There is a lot of emphasis placed on reading, both for the course and for pleasure.

Throughout the course the focus is on analysing the ways in which stories are told and thereby constructing different realities;  a significant element to this is understanding the context in which texts are produced and thinking about the ways in which we understand them as readers, or viewers in the case of drama.

Assessment of this subject consists of 3 terminal examinations and one piece of coursework.

What you will do- students will:

  • Pay close attention to how narrative deice work in in texts
  • Make connections across texts through exploring their themes and ideas
  • Be introduced to notions of genre through the study of drama
  • Broaden their understanding of genre and categorisation
  • Extend their independent reading
  • Extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.
  • Produce a comparative piece of coursework

Future prospects

English Literature is a solid foundation for any art-based subject at university (including English, Media Studies, Law, Philosophy, Languages or Social Science) as on completion of their A Level students will be skilled writers and will have developed strong communication skills.

English Literature is a good course to link up with Art, 3D Design, Business Studies, Information Technology, Media Studies, IT Practitioners and General Studies.

Media Studies

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

The course includes in-depth critical study of a wide range of media and products, practices, institutions and audiences associated with these. Emphasis will be given to the study of moving image analysis and construction and will also cover mainstream areas such as television, the music industry, film, the internet and digitalisation.

What you will do

Students will be required to produce and evaluate their own media texts as well as analysing texts. The school is fully equipped with filming and editing facilities as well as internet access in every teaching room.

Assessment will take place through a combination of practical work, extended analytical course work, assignments and modular examinations. Most work is carried out using web tools (e.g. Wix) and professional software such as Final Cut and Photoshop.

Future prospects

Media Studies is valued and accepted by most institutions of higher education and by employers. The course develops the critical and analytical skills required for further academic study in all arts-based subjects and provides the grounding in practical skills expected in the workplace.