KS5 English

KS5 English Language
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What entry requirements do I need to study the course?

GCSE English Language Level 5

What does the course involve?

Within English Language, students will explore a variety of texts with different audiences, purposes and contextual influences. As part of their studies, students will learn how to analyse these texts in detail, identifying relevant linguistic devices that have been adopted by the writer to create specific meanings and representations. Whilst analysis is a key skill, students will also be encouraged to evaluate the effect of different influences on language including: gender, accent and dialect and changes over time. There is also a creative writing element, whereby students have to complete an opinionated piece, presenting different viewpoints on a language issue, applying the theories that have been studied.

Moving into Year 13, child language development is also covered, focusing on how children learn to speak, read and write. Some examples of the tasks studied in preparation for exams include:

  • ‘Analyse how the writer has used language in the following text to create meanings and representations.
  • ‘Discuss the idea that a person’s language might be affected by their occupation.’
  • Group presentations on the main views towards language change, identifying strengths and weaknesses in the proposed theories.
  • Collection, annotation and analysis of data with different foci including: the influence of gender on the way we speak, the role of interaction in a child’s language development, the use of persuasive devices in political rhetoric etc.

Students will be expected to keep all of their work (class notes, resources and additional reading) in a folder which will be checked on a regular basis. Assessments, along for green for growth, will be completed in an assessment book.

How is it assessed?

English Language is marked against the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1 Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.
  • AO2 Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.
  • AO3 Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.
  • AO4 Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.
  • AO5 Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Year 12

End of half term assessments are completed for the following units in preparation for exams at the end of Year 13:

  • HT1: Paper 1A: Meanings and Representations/ Paper 2A: Language variation and change
  • HT2: Paper 1A: Meanings and Representations/Paper 2A: Language variation and change
  • HT3: Paper 1A: Meanings and Representations/Paper 2B: Opinion Writing
  • HT4: Paper 1A: Meanings and Representations/Paper 2B: Opinion Writing
  • HT5: Non‐exam assessment (coursework) + mock exam
  • HT6: Non‐exam assessment (coursework)

Year 13

End of half term assessments are completed throughout Year 13 in preparation for the following:

  • Paper 1: Language, the individual and society (2 hours, 30 minutes) – 40%
  • Paper 2: Language diversity and change (2 hours, 30 minutes) – 40%
  • Non exam assessment: language in action ‐ two pieces of written coursework (totalling 2500 words) – 20%

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What entry requirements do I need to study the course?

GCSE English Literature – Grade 6

What does the course involve?

Within English Literature, students will explore a range of different literary texts from specific genres. As part of their studies, students will develop their ability to critically analyse texts, focusing on how the methods used by writers help to create specific meanings for their audiences.

During Year 12 students study a range of texts from the genre of tragedy. Moving into Year 13, students then focus on texts from the genre of crime writing. Through studying different genres students are encouraged to see generic patterns within texts but also appreciate how each text has its own nuances and subtleties.

Throughout the two year course students will be regularly assessed in preparation for the exams at the end of Year 13. Some examples of the tasks studied in preparation for the exams include:

  • Explore the significance of the aspects of dramatic tragedy in the following passage in relation to the play as a whole.
  • “Othello’s virtue and valour ultimately make him admirable.” To what extent do you agree with this view?
  • “Within crime writing there is always a sense of punishment for criminals.” To what extent do you agree with this view?
  • Explore the significance of the elements of crime writing within the extract below. Remember to include in your answer relevant detailed analysis of the ways that the writer has shaped meanings.

Along with the examinations at the end of year 13 which comprise 80% of the overall marks, there is also a non‐exam assessed unit (coursework) which is worth 20% of the overall grades. For this unit students complete two responses where they apply aspects of the AQA Literature critical anthology to different texts. Each piece is required to be between 1200‐1500 words.

Students will be expected to keep all of their work (class notes, resources and additional reading) in a folder which will be checked on a regular basis. Assessments, along for green for growth, will be completed in an assessment book.

How is it assessed?

English Literature is marked against the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1 Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression
  • AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts
  • AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received
  • AO4 Explore connections across literary texts
  • AO5 Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations

Year 12

End of half term assessments are completed for the following units in preparation for exams at the end of Year 13:

  • HT1: Paper 1A: Aspects of Tragedy (Shakespeare and Death of a Salesman)
  • HT2: Paper 1A: Aspects of Tragedy (Shakespeare and Death of a Salesman)
  • HT3: Paper 1A: Aspects of Tragedy (Shakespeare and Tess of the D’Urbervilles)
  • HT4: Paper 1A: Aspects of Tragedy (Shakespeare and Tess of the D’Urbervilles)
  • HT5: Non‐exam assessment (coursework)
  • HT5: Non‐exam assessment (coursework)

Year 13

End of half term assessments are completed throughout Year 13 in preparation for the following:

  • Paper 1A: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hours, 30 minutes – closed book)
  • Paper 2A: Texts and Genres (3 hours – open book)
  • NEA:

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