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Prince William School

KS5 Curriculum

English Language Overview:

The English Language course is designed to suit students who are scientific, creative and imaginative. Over the two years of the course, the areas of study and investigation are based on analysis, creativity and research into the wider social and political issues raised by0 language use. There is a considerable amount of freedom to study in fields and write in genres, which suit one’s own academic development and progress to an extent not experienced in GCSE language work.

A Level Course:

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

Section A: Textual Variations and Representations - Students should study a range of texts: about various subjects, from various writers and speakers, for various audiences, for various purposes, in a variety of genres, using a variety of modes (written, spoken, electronic), from different times, from different places (global, national, regional).

Section B: Children’s Language Development - Students should explore how children develop their spoken and written skills.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

Section A: Language Diversity and Change - The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time.

Section B: Language Discourses - Students should study a range of examples of language in use and research data to inform their study of diversity and change.

Non-examination Assessment: Language in Action

Language Investigation - Students may choose to pursue an area of individual interest. For example, this might include studies of: representations of different individuals, social groups or nationalities, regional dialect etc.

Original Writing - Students will produce one piece of original writing based on one of the following three areas: The Power of Persuasion, The Power of Storytelling and The Power of Information.

Entry Requirements:

To be considered for a place on this course you must achieve at least a B grade in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

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

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

We place strong emphasis on academic learning beyond the classroom and the prescribed specifications. We expect Sixth Form students to work independently and to take full advantage of the resources that the Library and academic departments provide. The extra-curricular life of Prince William School is varied, from theatre productions, a trip to New York and Washington (which focuses on exploring wider contexts and the construction of identity through language) to visits from authors as well as University visits. All pupils are expected to play a full and active part in the extra-curricular life of the School.

Additionally, the school offers opportunities for students to act as learning mentors for Reading and Literacy with younger students.

Specification:
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English Literature Overview:

The English Literature course offers students many different learning styles and opportunities to engage with Literature in a very wide variety of contexts, helping them to develop skills in interpretation and analysis through the reading, observation and discussion of texts. The gradual acquisition of experience, of literary and linguistic awareness through independent study, is the process which creates a strong A level candidate.

A Level  Content:

Unit 1: Literary Genres - The course offers the option to study tragedy or comedy across three texts; one Shakespeare, one other drama and one further of which must be written pre-1900

Unit 2: Texts and Genres - The course offers the option to study elements of crime writing or elements of political and social protest writing across three texts; one post-2000 prose text, one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.  The exam will also include an unseen passage. 

Unit 3: Theory and Independence Includes the study of two texts, one poetry and one prose, informed by the study of the critical anthology. 

Entry Requirements:

To be considered for a place on this course you must achieve at least a B grade in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

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

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

We place strong emphasis on academic learning beyond the classroom and the prescribed specifications. We expect Sixth Form students to work independently and to take full advantage of the resources that the Library and academic departments provide. The extra-curricular life of Prince William School is varied, from theatre productions, a trip to New York and Washington (which focuses on exploring wider contexts, aspects of American literature and the socio-political aspects of literary theory) to visits from authors as well as University visits. All pupils are expected to play a full and active part in the extra-curricular life of the School.

Additionally, the school offers opportunities for students to act as learning mentors for Reading and Literacy with younger students.

Specification:

www.aga.org.uk

 

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Year 11

Edexcel Literature Paper 2:

Poetry

Edexcel Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision

 

Edexcel Literature Paper 2 Revision

Edexcel Literature Paper 1 Revision

Edexcel Language & Literature Revision: All Papers

N/A  - External Assessment Complete