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|
|A-level English Language – Year 13||A-level English Literature – Year 13|
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.||
||Throughout the AS / A-level courses homework is directly linked to preparing and revising for the Assessment Objectives tested in the exams.|