During Years Seven and Eight, students follow a comprehensive English Curriculum. Throughout Key Stage Three, students are exposed to a wide range of challenging reading material including: novels (both modern and pre-twentieth), poetry, short stories, media texts, scripts and non-fiction writing. They will be required to write creatively and in a range of forms for a variety of audiences and purposes. Key Stage Three students will also analyse key aspects of texts and they will be expected to discuss these in extended, analytical pieces of writing. Speaking and Listening is also encouraged and activities include presentations, drama, debating and group discussions.
Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 when students study a range of topics which prepare them for their GCSE courses. The topics currently include the study of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and spoken language. In Year 10 and 11, students follow one of two pathways; either GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature or GCSE English. These courses build upon skills developed in Year 9 and include the study of non-fiction texts, Shakespeare, Literary Heritage texts, creative writing and texts from other cultures.
Students can choose between English Literature and English Language and Literature at A-Level. Both courses involve exam (60%) and coursework (40%) units. For both courses, we study AQA Specification B. Much more detailed information is available in our Sixth Form Prospectus.
As a GCSE option, students study a range of media including TV, magazines, advertising, film and music. This popular course covers analytical study of media texts, research, planning, creation of media products and subsequent evaluations. These are assessed through both controlled assessment and a terminal exam taken in Year 11. The weightings of these are 60% and 40% respectively.
For AS and A2 students follow the Media Studies OCR syllabus. Both AS and A2 are split equally between coursework and exam. At AS students create a: front cover, contents page and double page spread of a new music magazine – with original photography. This is supplemented by research & planning and subsequent evaluation. All coursework is assessed online via a blog. The examination is split between TV Drama and a study of the global film industry. At A2 students are given a choice of briefs for their coursework; which again is internally assessed via an online blog (along with research, planning and evaluation). For the A2 exam, students answer three questions: two based on their coursework and one on contemporary media regulation; with a specific focus on film and video games.