Key Stage 5

The English Faculty offers exciting, stimulating and challenging courses at Key Stage 5 in the form of English literature, English language and media studies. Students opting for any of our subjects embark on a one year AS course comprising two terminal exams. If students are successful at AS, they will be given the opportunity to enroll, subsequently, for the A level course in their chosen English subject. Media studies provides students with the opportunity to work practically as well as towards an exam with a third non-exam component featuring in AS.

English Literature

Content outline:

Summary of assessment:  English literature AS

Paper 1:  Love through the ages – Shakespeare and Poetry (50% of qualification)

Section A:  Shakespeare. One passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)

Section B:  Poetry. One question on printed poem (25 marks)

Paper 2:  Love through the ages – Prose (50% of qualification)

Section A:  Unseen prose. One compulsory question on unseen prose extract (25 marks)

Section B:  Comparing prose texts. One comparative question on two prose texts (25 marks)

For further details, please refer to http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-7711-7712-SP-2015.PDF

Entry qualifications:

6 at English literature GCSE.

Skills required/developed:

You must be willing to debate and contribute to class discussions so that you develop your ability to convey a viewpoint convincingly and evaluate a breadth of concepts and issues related to English literature.

Other requirements:

You will be expected to involve yourself in the leading of the annual Christmas Carol concert and undertake wider reading associated with course as directed by your class teacher.

Assessment:

Please refer to the website for details of terminal exams: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712

Class assessments, homework assignments and mock exams will continue throughout the year.

Cost:

We have been fortunate to organise trips in the past (for example, to Plymouth Theatre Royal).  Trips like this incur a charge of around £18-£20.

You are welcome to purchase your own text book or revision guides, however any books supplied by College will incur a book deposit.  If you return the book in a useable state, you will receive your deposit back.

You will be required to bring a folder with dividers to the first lesson.

Career/progression:

Have a look at these links for some inspiration:  http://www.careers4u.tv/tag/english/ and http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_english.htm   Law, journalism, creative writing and teaching are just some of the career paths open to you with an AS in English literature.

Supporting subjects

English literature sits well with English language and history.  Many psychology students also study English literature.  If you are unsure about what else to take at KS5, have a look at this link for some guidance including information on “facilitating” subjects:  http://university.which.co.uk/advice/six-things-you-need-to-know-before-making-your-a-level-choices

Staff contact:

Kate Prouse

English Language

Content outline:

Component 1:  Analysis of texts in context – written examination 50% of qualification

Section A:  Spoken language of the media (one question based on unseen transcriptions)

Section B:  Written language (one question based on unseen texts)

Component 2:  Using language – written examination 50% of qualification

            Section A:  Investigating data (one question presented in several parts based on the reading of corpus data)

Section B:  Critical and creative writing (one original writing task from a choice of two and a commentary)

For further details, please refer to http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/as/

Entry qualifications:

6 at English language GCSE.

Skills required/developed:

You must be willing to debate and contribute to class discussions so that you develop your ability to convey a viewpoint convincingly and evaluate a breadth of concepts and issues related to English language.

Other requirements:

You will be expected to involve yourself in the leading of the annual Christmas Carol concert and undertake wider reading as directed by your class teacher.

Assessment:

Please refer to the website for details of terminal exams: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/as/

Class assessments, homework assignments and mock exams will continue throughout the year.

 

Cost:

We have been fortunate to organise trips in the past (for example, to the Magistrates Court to observe spoken language and to Truro Records Office to support language change aspects of the course).  Trips like this incur a small charge to cover transport – usually between £5 and £8.

You are welcome to purchase your own text book or revision guides, however any books supplied by College will incur a book deposit.  If you return the book in a useable state, you will receive your deposit back.

You will be required to bring a folder with dividers to the first lesson.

Career/progression:

Have a look at these links for some inspiration:  http://www.careers4u.tv/tag/english/ and http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_english.htm  Law, journalism, creative writing and teaching are just some of the career paths open to you with an AS in English language.

Supporting subjects

English language sits well with English literature, media studies and history.  Many psychology students also find a close link with English language.  If you are unsure about what else to take at KS5, have a look at this link for some guidance including information on “facilitating” subjects:  http://university.which.co.uk/advice/six-things-you-need-to-know-before-making-your-a-level-choices

Staff contact:

Kate Prouse

Film Studies
Topic Outline Students should know and understand Students should be able to
Key elements of film form

Meaning & response

Context

Key image analysis

Introduction to NEA & preproduction (generating stories)

British (x2) & European film

 

·         Different camera angles/movements

·         Cinematography

·         Editing/sound

·         Mise-en-scene

·         Aesthetics

·         The opening & closing scenes of the British film.

·         How film generates meaning & response

·         Narrative theory (British film since 1995)

 

·         Apply understanding of elements of film form

·         Analyse key elements of film form

·         Consider various representations

·         Explain the context in which the film was produced

·         Develop an understanding of British/European film

·         Demonstrate how film generates meaning & response

·         Recognise the requirements of coursework

American Film (x2 Hollywood 1930-1990) x1 contemporary independent film

NEA production

·         Hollywood studio system (Classical/new)

·         Spectatorship theory

·         Narrative construction

·         How to write a screen play

·         Storyboarding

·         How to employ analytical, evaluative and critical language

·         Apply understanding of elements of film form

·         Analyse key elements of film form

·         Consider various representations

·         Explain the context in which the film was produced

·         Compare & contrast film using critical approaches

·         Demonstrate how film generates meaning & response

·         Analyse & evaluate own work in relation to other professionally produced work

Revision

Transistion to YR13

·         Auteur theory

·         Performance

·         Create a presentation on an auteur of choice