English Language & Literature
The course focuses on reading, understanding and analyzing a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. You will need to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. The course offers two equally balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.
English Language Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. Students look at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.
English Language Paper 2 – Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives. Students look at how different writers present a similar topic over time.
English Literature – students will study a 19th century novel and a Shakespeare play. In addition students will study some modern drama and a wide range of poetry linked by theme.
This course is suitable for students both with and without prior knowledge of studying Spanish. You will develop communication skills in the language, developing all the four essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course follows the AQA syllabus.
HPQ (Higher Project qualification)
The Level 1 and 2 Projects are standalone qualifications designed to extend and develop your skills in independent research and project management.
The Projects require you to carry out research on a topic of your choosing that is not covered by any of the other courses you are doing. You will then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.
You can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to your studies.
If at the end of HPQ it is felt that your project is best suited to a FPQ then you will be entered at Level 1 instead of 2.