English – Key Stage 5

Content

Students can choose to study A Levels in both English Language and English Literature. For students who wish to continue GCSE level study we offer the IGCSE First Language course (see Key Stage 4 for further details).

Subject: English Language AS and A2

Head of Department: Hannah Shayler

Exam board, syllabus code and title: English Language OCR H070 AS, OCR H470 A2

Content:

Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y12 Understanding language features in context.

Language and gender, language and power.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y12 Comparing and contrasting texts.

Writing about a topical language issue.

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y12 Revision for AS examination

Y13 Preparation for independent language investigation

Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y13 Child language acquisition.

Language change.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y13 – Language in the media.

Independent language investigation and the academic poster.

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y13 Revision for A level examination.

How we assess students: Students’ written work is assessed regularly and every 4 weeks a formal assessment takes place where targets for improvement are given. All work is marked using examination board criteria. Students are expected to assess their own work and peer assessment also takes place in lessons. Students also receive regular oral feedback regarding their written work and ideas in the classroom.

How homework is set: Homework is set once a week and is recorded by students. It is also displayed on SLG.

How parents/carers can support their child: Proof reading of written work. Assisting in purchase of course text books. Discussion of topical language issues within the home. Encouragement to read a range of non-fiction and fiction texts outside of what is prescribed by the course.

Useful links: www.ocr.org.uk

Reading list OCR English Language Student Book 2015

CGP Revision Guides AS and A2 English Language

AQA English Language A/AS Level for AQA ( although this is a different examination board much of the material is still relevant )

David Crystal The Cambridge Encyclopedia of English Language

Zig Zag resources Language Change, Language Acquisition, Language and Power, Language and Gender, Language and ICT

Dan Clayton A student handbook on Key Topics and Theories

 

Subject: English Literature AS and A Level

Head of Department: Hannah Shayler

Exam board, syllabus code and title: AQA English Literature A : AS 7711/2 A Level 7712/2B

Content:

Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y12 Prose through the Ages

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Othello by William Shakespeare

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Pre Twentieth Century Poetry (AQA Anthology)

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y12 Revision of above for AS Examination

Y13 Preparation for Comparative Literature Coursework

Y13 Post Twentieth Century Poetry

Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y13 Unseen prose

Comparative set text 1

Comparative Literature Coursework (20% of A Level)

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y13 Comparative set text 2

Core set text

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y13 Revision of above for examinations

How we assess students: Summative and formative assessment of written work takes place frequently. Formal assessments take place every four weeks when work is marked following examination board criteria and targets are set for improvement. Peer and self- assessment take place on a regular basis. Students are given regular oral feedback regarding their written work and ideas in the classroom.

How homework is set: Homework is set weekly and it is recorded by students. It is also on SLG.

How parents/carers can support their child: Proof reading of written work, assisting in the purchase of texts, visits to the theatre, discussion of texts being studied.

Useful links: aqa.org.uk

Reading list:

All set texts need to be read at least three times. Understanding can be supported by relevant critical guides which will be advised by teaching staff.