Studying English and related subjects at A level is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys wide reading, discussion and analysis of texts.
English Language and Literature
Media Studies is a highly enjoyable subject that ventures into a wide range of media genres and texts. It has inspired me to pursue a career in the industry and has developed my analysis of texts as well as my confidence. The exam content and coursework have both been exciting and interesting, making Media Studies one of my favourite subjects.
Media Studies and English Language and Literature student
Students will develop as confident and reflective readers of a range of texts (including film and media texts). They will learn to use critical concepts and terminology. Independent learning is key to success: students need to apply their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of the subject to their non-examination assessment and be prepared to analyse unseen material in the examinations.
Non-examination assessment provides the opportunity to develop deeper understanding in whatever area the student chooses to focus on. Students are given autonomy in their choice of; in Film Studies it may be producing a short film and editing or, in English Literature, students may write an in-depth comparative study of texts not taught in class.
Whilst non-examination assessment provides the opportunity for independent learning at the highest level, it also requires students to demonstrate resilience in their learning: they will be expected to revise and rethink their work and ensure that they are meeting all the examination criteria, including aspects of the learning which are particularly challenging.
English Literature and English Language and Literature students are supported by the provision of a wide range of texts to enable student autonomy in coursework choices. Film Studies and Media Studies students have access to varied resources to support the production of media texts, such as short films and advertisements.
Students are taught in whole classes and smaller groups. Emphasis is placed on students’ engagement with the subject and they are expected to join in discussions and give presentations. Students are supported in their learning by regular one to one sessions with the teacher; they are also supported via pair and group work, with individual students sometimes leading sessions. After school booster sessions are also provided near the examination.
I have enjoyed the texts studied and found them very interesting and moving. Studying World War One in its centenary year was a privilege, and it also increased my knowledge of our country’s history through the brilliant texts we have studied. I have gained valuable analytical skills as well as confidence in expressing my own opinions. Throughout the course I have developed a real passion for English literature and want to progress further with it at University.
English Literature student
A level English and related subjects combine well with a range of A levels including History, Psychology and Religious Philosophy and Ethics. Skills developed in English Literature and related subjects include the ability to analyse and interpret, to formulate a coherent argument and to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. These skills are highly regarded, both in further study at university and in the job market.
Students who have studied A-level English have gone into a wide range of careers, for example, Education, Journalism, Law, the Media, and Marketing. In the past students have gone on to study English at some of the country’s most prestigious universities including the University of Oxford.
Opportunities to extend and deepen learning
Students are supported in their studies through one to one Non-examination assessment mentoring; theatre and film trips; and Study Days, such as the ‘Love in Shakespeare’ Study Day in Stratford on Avon.
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