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

Media Studies

Course title – Media studies

Exam board – Eduqas

Qualification title –  AS and A-level Media studies

Specification link – http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/as-a-level/

AS component titles –

Component 1 – Investigating Media Language and Representation

Component 2 – Investigating Media Forms and Products

Component 3 –  Media Production (non-exam assessment)

AS component descriptions –

Component 1 – This component introduces students to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse media products through the study of key areas of the theoretical framework – media language and representation. Students study media language and representation in relation to the following forms: music video and video games, advertising and film marketing, newspapers and radio news/current affairs programmes.

Component 2, In this component, students build on the knowledge and understanding developed in Component 1 by studying all four areas of the theoretical framework.  Students study media language, representation, media industries and audiences in relation to: television, magazines,  blogs.

Component 3: Students create an individual media production in one form, applying their knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, industry and audiences in response to a choice of set briefs.

Entry Requirements – Minimum requirement – grade 5 (or C) in 5 subjects including English and maths.  There is no requirement to have studied GCSE media studies.

Possible progression routes – Have a look at these links for some inspiration:

http://www.careers4u.tv/tag/media/, http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_media_studies.htm.   Advertising, web design, journalism and film broadcasting are just some of the career paths open to you

Equipment required- – It is important to have your own camera.  These can be purchased for around £130 and your media teacher will guide you on makes and models.  A memory card for the camera will also be required and these cost around £20-£30.  Many students will qualify for a bursary which will help cover the cost of this equipment.  You are welcome to purchase your own text book or revision guides, however any books supplied by College will incur a £5 book deposit.  If you return the book in a useable state, you will receive your £5 back.

Any other relevant information –  Media studies sits well with English language and theatre studies. Graphics and art are other viable supporting subjects

Subject contact person – Kate Prouse stfkep@launcestoncollege.org.uk

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