English Language 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 Language course follows the Edexcel specification. This course is for students who want to study how the English Language works – at the level of individual words and sounds but also socially and philosophically. This course covers language and identity, language change, language and gender and how children learn to speak. Study of these topics is underpinned by intense training in the grammar, syntax, phonology, morphology and pragmatics of the English Language and how they work in texts of all kinds, whether written or spoken.
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.