LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE LANGUAGES?
Studying a language will provide you with an engaging and exciting opportunity to build on your previous study of languages. The courses we offer are French and German and through social, intellectual and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries and communities where these languages are spoken. An opportunity to study literature or film will further increase your cultural awareness. A strong focus is placed on building students’ confidence and fluency across all the skills, using topical themes and supported by in-depth analysis of language structures.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop the ability to communicate coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
To deepen knowledge about how language works
To develop an awareness and understanding of other cultures

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 12 topics

Social issues & trends: being a young person in a French-speaking society
• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
• Youth trends, issues and personal identity
• Educational and employment opportunities

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: understanding the French-speaking world
• Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
• France, Canada, Switzerland and les Domtoms in a European context
• Literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

Year 13 topics

As above, plus:

Social issues & trends: diversity & difference
• Migration & integration
• Cultural identity & marginalisation
• Cultural enrichment & celebrating difference
• Discrimination & diversity

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: France 1940-50: the occupation & post-war years
• From June 1940-May 1945 (occupation, liberation & end of WW2)
• Life in occupied France & the cultural dimension (theatre, cinema, literature)
• 1945-50: rebuilding & restructuring
• Repercussions for modern-day France

Plus:
• Grammatical structures (see syllabus for specific details)
• Developing the key skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in French to an advanced level
• Either the study of 2 French-language books or 1 French-language book and 1 French-language film


HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Component 1: speaking
Task 1 –presentation & discussion of research project
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card including image, text & points for discussion in English
Component 2: listening, reading & translation from & into French
Component 3: critical & analytical response in writing
2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film


USEFUL WEBSITES:
www.pinterest.com
www.theday.co.uk
http://www.france24.com/fr/


WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Higher Education & further language study. Many University courses now require a GCSE in a MFL for entry.
World of work: business, commerce & industry, travel & tourism, teaching & research, the law, journalism, the media, catering, translation & interpreting
Leisure & cultural experiences

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE MEDIA?

By choosing media studies you open yourself to develop new skills and abilities to fit any career in the modern world. Learn to question opinion and find the truth; challenge stereotypes, change minds and equip yourself with the ability to create advanced media products, worthy of professional exhibition.

It’s no secret that the media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. Recently, it has been used as a powerful tool to control the masses and therefore, as a subject to study, gives you power and control over your own representations, audiences and understanding of your on-line identity construction.

The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable with the UK entertainment and media industry alone, worth £76 billion by 2021. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit, driving forward change in social and cultural opinion. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase and therefore, make this an A-Level choice 100% geared for the future!

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts (and critical debates)
Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes (and evaluating their own practical work) to show how meanings and responses are created
Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

70% Exam
30% Coursework
2 year linear course

SUPPORTING SUBJECTS INCLUDE
Film studies, English Lang/Lit, English Literature, Photography, Sociology, History, Drama, Art, Music, Psychology, Business & Finance.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Animator, Applications developer, Broadcast engineer, Broadcast journalist, Broadcast presenter, Commissioning editor, Digital marketer, Editorial assistant, Film director, Film/video editor, Games developer, Geographical systems information officer, Graphic designer, Lighting technician, broadcasting/film/video, Location manager, Magazine features editor, Magazine journalist, Marketing & Advertising, Media buyer/planner, Multimedia programmer, Multimedia specialist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Press editor, Printmaker, Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video, Publishing copy-editor/proof reader, Publishing rights manager, Production roles in broadcasting/radio/film/video, Technical author, Telecommunications researcher, Television camera operator, Television floor manager, Television production coordinator, Television/film/video producer, Web content manager, Web designer, Writer.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE LANGUAGES?
Studying a language will provide you with an engaging and exciting opportunity to build on your previous study of languages. The courses we offer are French and German and through social, intellectual and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries and communities where these languages are spoken. An opportunity to study literature or film will further increase your cultural awareness. A strong focus is placed on building students’ confidence and fluency across all the skills, using topical themes and supported by in-depth analysis of language structures.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop the ability to communicate coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
To deepen knowledge about how language works
To develop an awareness and understanding of other cultures

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 12 topics

Social issues & trends: being a young person in a German-speaking society
• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
• Youth trends, issues and personal identity
• Educational and employment opportunities

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: understanding the German-speaking world
• Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities
• German, Austria, Switzerland and other German-speaking communities in a European context
• Literature, art, film and music in the German-speaking world

Year 13 topics

As above, plus:

Social issues & trends: diversity & difference
• Migration & integration
• Cultural identity & marginalisation
• Cultural enrichment & celebrating difference
• Discrimination & diversity

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: the making of modern Germany 1989 onwards
• Initial & subsequent process of reunification
• Social cohesion in present-day Germany
• Artistic & political movements
• Economic impact of a united Germany
Plus:

• Grammatical structures (see syllabus for specific details)
• Developing the key skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in German to an advanced level
• Either the study of 2 German-language books or 1 German-language book and 1 German-language film

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A level
Component 1: speaking
Task 1 –presentation & discussion of research project
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card including image, text & points for discussion in English
Component 2: listening, reading & translation from & into German
Component 3: critical & analytical response in writing
2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film


USEFUL WEBSITES:
www.pinterest.com
http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097
www.theday.co.uk
http://www.tagesschau.de/

TRIPS/ VISITS:
Biennnial German exchange (£170)

WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Higher Education & further language study. Many University courses now require a GCSE in a MFL for entry.
World of work: business, commerce & industry, travel & tourism, teaching & research, the law, journalism, the media, catering, translation & interpreting
Leisure & cultural experiences

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE FILM STUDIES?
By choosing film studies you open your mind to one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
The Eduqas specification is designed to introduce A-level learners to a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate in society. This specification therefore offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language. The historical range of film represented by the study of silent film and significant film movements, so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film from its early years to its still emerging digital future. Studies in documentary, experimental and short films add to the breadth of the learning experience.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
70% Exam
30% Coursework
2 year linear course

SUPPORTING SUBJECTS INCLUDE
Media studies, English Lang/Lit, English Literature, Photography, Sociology, History, Drama, Art, Music, Psychology, Business & Finance.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Advertising art director, Archivist, Actor/Actress, Broadcast presenter, Camera operator, Communications officer, Community arts worker, Content creator, Costume & Make-up design ,Event manager, Film/TV director, Lighting design, Location manager, Marketing & Advertising, Programme researcher in broadcasting/film/video, Public relations officer, Set designer, Television camera operator, Television/film/video producer, Television production coordinator, Researcher, Runner, broadcasting/film/video, Writer.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Many Universities value students with an A Level in English as this demonstrates to them that the student is a bright, knowledgeable, academic candidate, who will be able to thrive in Higher Education. Studying English at A Level could lead into a career in Education, Law, Journalism, Media, Speech Therapy and Management. Through studying English at A Level, students will learn how to effectively articulate their ideas and opinions, a skill that is useful in most, if not all professions.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will develop interest in and enjoyment of literature, reading widely and independently from set texts and your own choices. You will write creative responses to reading, the development and application of knowledge, and analysis and evaluation in speech and writing.

WHAT WILL I STUDY AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Section B: Poetry. One question on printed poem (25 marks)
Paper 2: Love through the ages: prose
Study of two prose texts. Examination will include an unseen prose extract

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
open book
50 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
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)

A Level Subject content
Paper 1: Love through the ages
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems

Assessment
written exam: 3 hours
open book in Section C only
75 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: Shakespeare: one passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)
Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)
Section C: Comparing texts: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
Choice of two options:
Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath
Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000
Examination will include an unseen extract

Assessment
written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
open book
75 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section B: Contextual linking one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900
One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography
Assessment
50 marks
20% of A-level
assessed by teachers
moderated by AQA

WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?
Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?
Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To embed topics and skills that students will come across at KS5 level and beyond in a supportive and creative environment.
To encourage students to have a passion and curiosity for learning. 
To develop students who are not afraid to fail – who dare to dream, and are equipped with the confidence and resilience they will need in order to be successful not only at KS5 level, but in their lives outside of school. 

WHAT WILL I STUDY AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
We cover a wide range of topics and skills over the course of the KS5 (AS and A Level) curriculum. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • Anthology of non-fiction and fiction texts

Assessment for students in Y12 (AS) and Y13 (A Level) is by public examination in May/ June. The AS qualification is assessed by examination only – there is no coursework/ controlled assessment. The A Level qualification is assessed by examination (80%) and by Non Examination Assessment (coursework – 20%). 
Further information about these qualifications can be found on the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT
Students are recommended to attend every lesson equipped with at least one black pen, a ruler and a green pen. Coloured pens/ highlighters can also be useful.

DEPARTMENT FACILITIES
Students will spend the majority of their lessons in a classroom, although we try to build in opportunities to make use of other rooms/ facilities such as the Library, Drama Studio and computer rooms.

TRIPS AND VISITS
We aim to run one or two trips over the AS and A Level course, to broaden and enrich students’ experience of studying English Language and Literature at KS5 level.

 
WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Having a firm and secure grasp of the English language, and being able to confidently explore and engage with a range of literature texts from both the past and present, is of vital importance in our modern world. Students who work hard in their English lessons – whatever their starting point – will find that they develop not only a wide knowledge base, but also a variety of transferable skills that will serve them well wherever their future pathways lead. 

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