English Literature A level at St Michael's Catholic College
The English department offers two A-levels in English: English Language or English Literature. Both are academically rigorous courses and students are expected to be independent readers and thinkers.
The English Literature course follows AQA Specification A. This course is for students who love to read and want to study novels, poetry and plays in great depth and detail, considering their place in society – at the time they were written as well as now – and what they can offer to help us understand ourselves and the world around us better. The course involves themed units and will require students to compare texts and read widely – not just the books being studied in class.
The English Department believes reading is central to pupils’ enjoyment of and progress in English but also the wider curriculum. We encourage pupils to enjoy reading by involving them in various activities, some them tailored to their ability with the help of the SEN or G&T.
The English Department has also created a curriculum enrichment programme – a series of events aimed at promoting learning outside the classroom. The programme includes such things as a visit by a poet/rapper for Year 7, an in-house Shakespeare workshop with The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company for Year 8, BBC School report for Year 9, participation in the Speak Out Challenge for Year 10 and various educational visits to see professional drama productions based on the literature studied.
The English Department run a series of after school and Saturday school study sessions clubs for all KS4 pupils who are about to sit their external examinations. Dates and times are advertised around the School and parents are also informed by post and texts. We also organise half-term revision sessions that are led by experienced English teachers or Consultants.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic College directly.