English Faculty

Our English Faculty is an exciting place to learn. Regular events take place to demonstrate the importance of English, including Roald Dahl Day and Shakespeare Week.

A Level English Language (AQA) Requires: Grade 6 in GCSE English and English Literature

A-level English Language offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses over the two years. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. The topics and titles of the subject include ‘Language, the individual and society’ focusing on individual and immediate social contexts for language, and ‘Language diversity and change’ working outwards to consider largerscale public discourses about change and variety, drawing on regional, ethnic, national and global Englishes.

Assessment Method: A language investigation of student’s own choice is carried out, alongside a creative critique as part of the non-exam assessed unit. There are then two 2hr 30 minute exams on Language, Diversity and the Individual, then Language variety and change.

Career Progression: This qualification can be used for a variety of career paths including teaching, journalism, proof-reading and speech and language therapy.

“The limits of my language, means the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

A Level English Literature (AQA) Requires: Grade 6 in GCSE English and English Literature

Literature students begin their study with two texts: one Shakespeare play and one Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages (Pre –1900 or Post 1900). This is followed by the study of two prose texts and one unseen prose extract. In the second year of the course, students study ‘Modern Times’ – literature from 1945 to present day and complete an independent critical study based on the theme of texts across time.

Assessment Method: Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, one Shakespeare play and two unseen poems in a 3 hour exam; Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, in a 2 hr 30 minute exam as well as a comparative critical study over the two years.

Career Progression: This qualification is highly regarded and related careers are diverse: from the legal profession to social work, theatre, journalism and teaching.

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” Barbara Tuchman

Further information: Mrs Chima, Director of English