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English Language

Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE English Language recommended
Course Content
The course aims to:
– introduce students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children´s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
– enable students to explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. Students will also be required to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
– allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.

Units – Language, Concepts and Ideas, Language Change Over Time, English in the 21st Century, Creative and Critical Use of Language, Language and Identity (Non-exam assessment – Language Investigation)

Beyond the Classroom
Students are encouraged to read extensively beyond the texts studied in lessons.  In order to maximize their chances of achieving the highest possible grade, they should read recommended journals and study guides as well as reading a range of texts suggested by teachers.  Conference trips and other linked extracurricular activities are regularly organised by the department.
Style Of Assessment

Three papers:
Component 1 2 hours / 30% of qualification
Component 2 2 1/4 hours / 30% of qualification
Component 3 1 3/4 hours / 20% of qualification
Component 4 NEA 20% of qualification
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who is interested in reading for English, Law or a Humanities-based degree should consider this course. There are also socio-linguistic features of the course which support Sociology and some aspects of Psychology A Level courses.

Additionally, anyone who is reading for a Humanities-based A Level and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation for enhanced essay writing might also find this course extremely useful.
Career Prospects
Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication.
English Literature

Any career which involves analysis, high levels of clear communication or simply a love of literature.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 in English Literature recommended
Course Content
Introduces candidates to explore and analyse the written word and aims to encourage students to:
• read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves.
• engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.
• develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing.
• explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others´ interpretations of them. 
• deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English.
• develop creative and informed responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression.

Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to read extensively beyond the texts required for examinations and coursework.  In order to maximize their chances of achieving the highest possible grade, they should read literary journals and study guides, as well as reading a range of texts suggested by teachers.  Theatre and conference trips are regularly organised by the department.
Style Of Assessment
Two papers (40% each)
Paper 1 Literary Genres (2 1/2 hours)
Paper 2 Texts and Genres (3 hours)
Non–exam Assessment (20%, two essays) Theory and Independence
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who is interested in studying for an English, Law or Humanities based degree should consider this course.

English Literature can be studied with Language as separate, complementary subjects, whilst Literature can be a useful opinion-based and discursive subject to act as a foil to scientific subjects.

Additionally, the analytical skills required are testing and therefore recognised as being valuable for any given degree course.
Career Prospects
Any career which involves analysis, high levels of clear communication or simply a love of literature.
Media Studies

All aspects of the media industry, including advertising, journalism, publishing, television and film production, radio, publishing and communication-based roles.


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE in English Language or Literature recommended.
Course Content


This linear GCE specification requires students to develop a theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

 

·   Media language: how the media communicates meaning through their forms, codes and conventions, and techniques.

 ·   Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups.

 ·   Media Industries: how production, distribution and circulation are linked to and affect media forms and platforms.

 ·   Audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences. How audiences might interpret and respond to different media forms and how audiences may themselves become      producers.

 ·   In addition, the media studies course requires students to develop their own moving image practical skills throughout the course. They will be required to use their own creativity applying the theoretical knowledge to practical tasks in preparation for the coursework unit.


Style Of Assessment

70% exam:
Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences (35%)
Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth (35%)

30% Coursework: Cross-media production involving moving image work.

Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who are interested in all areas of the media.  The specification covers advertising, music video, news, television, magazines, websites, video games and radio.

Students that enjoy learning through a practical and creative approach may be interested in studying media studies.  It will also interest anyone who may wish to pursue a career in the media or in a communication-based field.

This subject complements the skills required in English Language and Literature and humanties-based subjects that require an analytical approach to course content.
Career Prospects
All aspects of the media industry, including advertising, journalism, publishing, television and film production, radio, publishing and communication-based roles.

Film Studies

Jobs directly related to film studies include broadcasting presenter, film or TV director, editor, location manager production coordinator, production designer and programme researcher to name a few.

However, the subject also links to jobs in the arts and many roles within the marketing and events sector.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE English Language, English Literature or Media Studies recommended
Course Content

This linear GCE specification requires students to develop a theoretical knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film including historical Hollywood film, American film since 2005 and recent British film since 1995. 

The course will also cover film movements, the global film industry and documentary film.

In addition, the film studies course requires students to develop their own moving image practical skills throughout the course. They will be required to use their own creativity applying the theoretical knowledge to practical tasks in preparation for the coursework unit where they can focus on film making or writing a screen play.

Style Of Assessment

70% exam:

Component 1: Varieties of Film and Film Making (35%).

Component 2: Global Film Making Perspectives (35%)


30% practical coursework:

Component 3: A short film or a screen play with an evaluative analysis.

Whose kind of course?

The course is suited to students who are interested in film and scriptwriting. Students that enjoy learning through a practical and creative approach may be interested in studying film studies. It will also interest anyone who may wish to pursue a career in the media or in a communication-based field. This subject compliments the skills required in Media Studies, English Language and English Literature and humanities-based subjects that require an analytical approach to texts.

Career Prospects

Jobs directly related to film studies include broadcasting presenter, film or TV director, editor, location manager production coordinator, production designer and programme researcher to name a few.

However, the subject also links to jobs in the arts and many roles within the marketing and events sector.

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