English Faculty FAQs
Q. What texts do students encounter?
A. A wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, in various forms, from various authors and various time periods.
Q. What support can I give my child?
A. Encourage them to read and discuss their reading. Watch the news and engage with current affairs.
Q. What types of homework will be set?
A. The department sets weekly reading homework, in recognition of the importance of reading. In addition, there will be occasional research and revision tasks.
Q. What extra-curricular activities does the department offer?
A. Reading groups, a creative writing club, theatre trips, lots of opportunities to enter writing competitions.
Q. Which exam boards do you use?
A. GCSE Language -- OCR
GCSE Literature -- WJEC-Eduqas
A-Level Language -- OCR
A-Level Literature --OCR
Q. Is GCSE Film Studies a requirement for A-Level Film Studies?
A. No, the A-Level Film Studies qualification assumes no prior knowledge and looks at film from a different perspective to the GCSE. There is no crossover of material betwwen the two specifications.
Q. Is A-Level Film Studies accepted by all universities?
A. Yes, the A-Level Film Studies qualification offers the same opportunities to accrue UCAS points as any other A-Level. A top grade in Film Studies will require just as much effort, determination and private study as any other A-Level.
Q. How is the Film Studies A-Level structured?
A. A-Level Film Studies comprises 3 components. There are two examined components (worth 70% of the qualification) and one coursework component (worth 30% of the qualification).
Q. Do A-Level Film Studies students have opportunities to develop practical filmmaking skills?
A. Yes, exam components of the course are interspersed with more practical tasks, ensuring students have the skills they need to achieve highly in the coursework unit.
Q. Do A-Level Film Studies students have opportunities to develop imaginative and creative-writing skills?
A. Yes, the coursework component of the course offers opportunities for both practical filmmaking and screen-writing.
Q. Is A-Level Film Studies a paperless course?
A. Yes. Students will produce all work via an online blog which will record all aspects of the specification and provide a comprehensive revision resource at the end of the course.