Key Stage 5

What you will study:

The students complete their chosen A-level courses: English Language, English Literature. Every student's suitability for the course will be formally assessed by the end of September. Every course is delivered by two teachers. English Language – OCR English Language Specification (AS – H070, A-level – H470) English Literature – AQA English Literature B Specification (AS - 7716, A-level – 7717) Parents and students will receive regular feedback on student's progress via the classroom teacher's marking, parents' evening and the school reports. If you wish to discuss the progress in the meantime, please contact the teacher via the school office. Throughout the year, students' progress will be assessed and monitored through A-level grades E – A. We also deliver GCSE Resit to the students who have not achieved the national expected minimum in Year 11 (Grade C / Grade 5). The course focuses on the skills required for the GCSE in English Language exam (AQA).

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Students will cover all of the topics and texts listed below during the course of their two year study at KS5.

AS English Language – Year 12 AS English Literature – Year 12
  • Component 01, Section A – Understanding language features in context. Analyse a text for features of linguistic levels demonstrated in a particular context.
  • Component 01, Section B – Comparing and contrasting texts. Compare / contrast two texts on the same topic; one text will be written, one spoken.
  • Component 02, Section A – Writing about a topical language issue. Produce a piece of persuasive writing on an aspect of language and power or language and gender.
  • Component 02, Section B – Exploring language in context. Analyse a multi-modal text on language and gender or language and power.
  • Component 01 – Literary genres: drama. Study two drama texts (Death of a Salesman, King Lear) in preparation for analytical and evaluative essay responses on tragedy. This is a closed book exam.
  • Component 02 – Literary genres: prose and poetry. Study a piece of prose (Great Gatsby) and a collection of poems (Keats) in preparation for analytical and evaluative essay responses. This is an open book exam.

A-level English Language – Year 13 A-level English Literature – Year 13
  • Component 01, Section A – Language under the microscope. Analyse a text for features of particular linguistic levels in a particular context.
  • Component 01, Section B – Writing about a topical language issue. Produce a piece of persuasive writing on an aspect of language and power, language and technology or language and gender.
  • Component 01, Section C – Comparing and contrasting texts. Compare / contrast two texts on the same topic; one text will be written, one spoken.
  • Component 02, Section A – Child language acquisition. Evaluate the stages of language acquisition of child(ren) aged 0-7.
  • Component 02, Section B – Language in the media. Analyse linguistic and graphological features in a multi-modal text using theories from language and power, language and gender and language and technology.
  • Component 02, Section C – Language change. Compare and contrast two texts by analysing historical varieties of English and language change since 1600.
  • Component 03 – An independent investigation of language and the academic poster. Two sections submitted as non-examined assessment (coursework).
  • Component 01 – Literary genres. Study three texts (Death of a Salesman, King Lear, poems by Keats) in preparation for analytical and evaluative essay responses. This is a closed book exam.
  • Component 02 – Texts and genres. Study three texts (Handmaid's Tale, Kite Runner, poems by Blake) in preparation for analytical and evaluative essay responses. Analyse an unseen text applying concepts, theories and skills acquired through the course. This is an open book exam.
  • Component 03 – Theory and independence. Produce two essays of 1250 – 1500 words, one on a prose text and one on a poetry text. Each text will be linked to a different aspect of the AQA Critical Anthology.

Key Stage 5 Assessment

At the beginning of their AS / A-level course all students are provided with an aspirational target grade based on their prior attainment data and ALIS tests. All students should know the grades they aspire to and set regular SMART targets to improve their individual attainment. Students' reports will provide feedback on students' progress towards those targets; face to face feedback is provided during a Sixth Form Parents' Evening.

As the exam board's band descriptors for the grades have been widened - meaning that students must demonstrate more technical and analytical skills in order to achieve their target grade - students are more rigorously assessed than ever before. As every exam board's band descriptors for the grades have been widened - meaning that students must demonstrate wider conceptual knowledge, more technical and analytical skills in order to achieve their target grade - students are more rigorously assessed than ever before.

Students are continually assessed and monitored by their classroom teachers and their progress is tracked by the Lead A-level Teacher. Assessment takes place continually and in a range of formats: students will complete a range of summative and formative assessments over the duration of their English Language and English Literature courses. All students will complete a number of mock exams throughout the year to ensure that their high attainment is secured.

The marking of assessment tasks and mock examinations is moderated by the English teachers delivering the course. Students who are at risk of underachieving will be supported individually.

Key Stage 5 Homework

How often is homework set? What types of homework tasks are set? How does homework consolidate learning?
Homework is set twice per week and is expected to take 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Independent reading
  • Research tasks
  • Preparation for an assessment task
  • Improvement task (DIRT)
  • Annotations of exam texts
  • Activities focusing on particular AO's
  • Timed essays
Throughout the AS / A-level courses homework is directly linked to preparing and revising for the Assessment Objectives tested in the exams.