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Subject: English
Contact: Ms L Steen

KS5

Overview - Literature

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA English Literature syllabus (AQA Specification B, 7717). The course gives students exciting opportunities to study a range of genres and texts in contexts, and in addition complete an independent study in year 13. Students have nine lessons a fortnight and are co-taught by two teachers who share responsibility preparing students for their coursework and examinations over the two year course.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

The Help

 

The Great Gatsby

A Streetcar named Desire

Unseen extracts

Pre 1900 anthology

 

Othello

Year 13

The Anthology

 

Harrison and unseen poetry

Coursework

 

Unseen extracts

Revision

Assessment components

Paper 1: Literary genres

 

Paper 2: Texts and genres

 

 Non-exam assessment:

Theory and independence

 

What's assessed

Choice of two options

Option 1A: Aspects of

tragedy

Option 1B: Aspects of

comedy

Study of three texts: one

Shakespeare text; a second

drama text and one further

text, of which one must be

written pre-1900

 

 

What's assessed

Choice of two options

Option 2A: Elements of crime

writing

Option 2B: Elements of

political and social protest

writing

Study of three texts: one

post-2000 prose text; one

poetry and one further text,

of which one must be written pre-1900

Exam will include an unseen passage.

 

What's assessed

Study of two texts: one

poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology

Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will

be accompanied by a commentary.

How it's assessed

written exam: 2 hours

30 minutes

• closed book

• 75 marks

• 40% of A-level

How it's assessed

• written exam: 3 hours

• open book

• 75 marks

• 40% of A-level

How it's assessed

• 50 marks

• 20% of A-level

• assessed by teachers

• moderated by AQA

Questions

Section A – one passage-based question on set

Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B – one essay

question on set Shakespeare

text (25 marks)

Section C - one essay

question linking two texts

(25 marks)

Questions

Section A – one compulsory

question on an unseen

passage (25 marks)

Section B  - one essay

question on set text

(25 marks)

Section C - one essay

question which connects two

texts (25 marks)

 

Overview – Language

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA English Language syllabus (AQA Specification B, 7717). The course gives students the opportunities to study language, the individual and society; language diversity and change and language in action.  Students have nine lessons a fortnight and are co-taught by two teachers who share responsibility preparing students for their coursework and examinations over the two year course.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

Paper 1: Textual Variations and Representations

Paper 1:  Language Acquisition

 

NEA 1:  Original Writing

Year 13

Paper 2:  Language Diversity

Paper 2:  Language Change

NEA 2:  Language Investigation

Assessment components

Paper 1: Language, the

individual and society

 

Paper 2: Language diversity

and change

 

 Non-exam assessment:

Language in action

 

What's assessed

• Textual variations and

representations

• Children's language

development (0 – 11 years)

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

What's assessed

What's assessed

• Language diversity and

change

• Language discourses

• Writing skills

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

What's assessed

• Language investigation

• Original writing

• Methods of language

analysis are integrated into

the activities

 

How it's assessed

• written exam: 2 hours

30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level

 

How it's assessed

written exam: 2 hours

30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level

 

How it's assessed

• word count: 3,500

• 100 marks

• 20% of A-level

• assessed by teachers

• moderated by AQA

Questions

Section A – Textual

variations and

representations

Two texts (one contemporary

and one older text) linked by topic or theme.

• A question requiring

analysis of one text

(25 marks)

• A question requiring

analysis of a second text

(25 marks)

• A question requiring

comparison of the two

texts (20 marks)

Section B – Children's

language development

A discursive essay on

children’s language

development, with a choice

of two questions where the

data provided will focus on

spoken, written or multimodal

language (30 marks)

Questions

Section A – Diversity and

change

One question from a choice

of two:

either: an evaluative essay on  language diversity

(30 marks)

or: an evaluative essay on

language change (30 marks)

Section B – Language

discourses

Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change.

• A question requiring

analysis of how the texts

use language to present

ideas, attitudes and

opinions (40 marks)

• A directed writing task

linked to the same topic

and the ideas in the texts

(30 marks)

 

Tasks

Students produce:

• a language investigation

(2,000 words excluding

data)

• a piece of original writing

and commentary

(1,500 words total)

 

Enrichment opportunities:

English exam skills support: Wednesdays 12.30-1.00pm

Debating club:  Thursdays 3.00-3.45pm

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website