English and Media

ENGLISH LITERATURE

What skills will I need?

Success in this course will stem from an interest in reading fiction. If you are interested in studying plays, poetry and novels and exploring the layers of meanings within them, then this could be the course for you. Studying literature is about getting to grips with a wide variety of writing in different styles and from different periods.

If you are interested in this course, we expect you to:

  • Have at least a B grade in GCSE English Literature and, ideally, also in English Language.
  • Have a commitment to expand your wider reading.
  • Have an interest in writing.
  • Offer individual interpretations of texts and participate in class discussions; expect to debate, discuss and defend your ideas.
  • Be able to work both in a group and independently.

By the end of the course, we hope you’ll be able to:

  • Analyse and sift information, to weigh opinion, to use evidence, to read with perception.
  • Write with fluency, imagination and precision.
  • Listen to an argument and present a case.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion, identify bias and subjectivity.
  • Approach texts with an enquiring mind.

What will I study?

The school follows the AQA AS/A Level English Literature course in both Year 12 and 13. You will study a range of poems, plays and novels from a whole range of different genres and styles. You’ll also study a combination of modern and more traditional texts. Some of the course will lead to exams and other parts will be assessed through coursework. There is one Unit at AS based on the theme of Tragedy, the texts studied are Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’, a selection of John Keats poetry and Fitzgerald’s’ ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Alongside this there is a Social and Political Protest unit at A Level, the texts studied are: Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’, Attwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ poetry.

For more information please contact Miss Capper by email or on Twitter via @MissRCapper 

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE

    What skills will I need?

    A good English Language student will be interested in the power of words to shape our understanding of the world. If you are interested in exploring how written and spoken texts function, then this could be the course for you. Studying English Language is also about being able to write creatively and having the ability to shape your writing to suit different genres, audiences and purposes.

    If you are interested in this course, we expect you to: 

    • Have at least a grade B in GCSE English Language
    • Have an interest in writing.
    • Analyse and categorise a range of different texts.
    • Be able to work both in a group and independently.

    By the end of the course, we hope you’ll be able to: 

    • Analyse and sift information, to use evidence, to read with perception.
    • Write with fluency, imagination and precision.
    • Approach texts with an enquiring mind.
    • Undertake independent research into a language area of your choice.

    What will I study?

    At GCSE, you learn how to write and speak in different styles: arguing, persuading, advising, describing, explaining and informing. At A level you are also asked to write in a variety of forms, but you are also asked to study how the writing works by looking at the vocabulary, grammar, structure and context of writing. You are also required to study linguistics, the study of language itself. You find out how children learn language, how language changes, why particular groups of people speak differently from other groups, how language can be used to exert power and how new technologies impact on the language we use.

    For more information please contact Miss Capper by email or on Twitter via @MissRCapper