KS5 English

KS5 Overview

Within the English department at Cardinal Newman we offer three A levels: English Language and Literature, English Literature and Media Studies. Historically the English department have been very successful in ensuring A level students gain outstanding results in the A Levels we offer; for example, 100% of students attained an A*- C grade in both English Literature and English Language and Literature in 2019.

Each subject will consist of PPE assessments in order to track how your child is progressing and to assess if there are any misconceptions that shall be addressed. We offer intervention sessions in order to support students in achieving their potential and provide personalised Action Plans to ensure learners know how they can independently increase their success.

 

English Language and Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel

Duration: 2 year linear course (AS is not offered)

Unit Overviews: All exam units are open book.

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing (40%)

Students will analyse a range of non-fiction texts within ‘Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology’ and will prepare to compare this to an unseen non-fiction extract.

Students will also study, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams with be explored to support students in their ability to analyse language choices

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature (40%)

Students will read a wide range of non-fiction texts on a given theme, in preparation for responding to an unseen text.

They will also study ‘A Room with a View’ by E.M. Forster and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter and compare them on the theme of ‘encounters’.

Component 3: Coursework (20%)

Students will produce two pieces of coursework. They will write dramatic monologue inspired by Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’ and a piece of travel writing inspired by writers such as Bill Bryson or Paul Theroux. Students will also produce a commentary to both pieces justifying, explaining and analysing their language and lexical choices.

 

English Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel

Duration: 2 year linear course (AS is not offered)

Unit Overviews: All exam units are open book.

Component 1: Drama (30%)

‘Othello’ by Shakespeare and Critical Essay Anthology are analysed in relation to an examination question.

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams is analysed using contextual knowledge to further key ideas.

Component 2: Prose (20%)

A comparative essay in which the theme of the supernatural is analysed in ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde.

Component 3: Poetry (30%)

‘Poetry of the Decade’ anthology are compared with an unseen poem on a theme given within the examination.

Various poems by John Donne are analysed before being asked to write on two of them in the examination.

Component 4: Coursework (20%)

This is a 3000 word essay that compares two texts on a given theme. There is a free choice of texts to compare but students are taught Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ that can be used as one of their choices to support with text selection.

 

 

See links here for course booklets for English Literature and English Language and Literature. Within each there are recommended reading lists, mark schemes and salient information that will support you in your studies.

 

 

English Literature Course Booklet

English Language and Literature Course Booklet

 

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