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English & Media

Director: Ms L Sheard

All students at Coppice Performing Arts School study English during Years 7 - 11. The aim of the English Department is to ensure that each student becomes an astute and fluent independent reader, a confident writer and an effective speaker and listener, with an awareness of the English literary heritage.

This is achieved through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum, examination courses such as AQA English Language and English Literature at Key Stage 4, and AQA English Language and Literature for Post 16 students.

The Department works collaboratively with the Learning Support Facility to ensure that the English curriculum is accessible to all students, allowing achievement at many levels.

Learning Environment & Resources

The English Department is situated within the Communications Zone and has five dedicated teaching rooms, an open plan teaching area and the use of a 58 seat lecture theatre. One teaching room is equipped with a suite of 16 Apple desktop computers primarily for use by Media students. The department also has a trolley with 30 laptop computers.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

In Year 7-9, students experience a broad range of activities covering three main areas of English study: reading, writing and speaking & listening. These years form the foundation for study at GCSE level and include:

  • Study of English Literary Heritage texts
  • Study of poetry
  • Non-fiction reading and writing
  • Study of modern, popular novels such as 'The Hunger Games' and 'War Horse'
  • Creative writing

English Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At Coppice, students study two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. The course covers the three main areas of English, as above, and includes study of:

  • Non-fiction and fiction texts
  • Pre-1914 and modern poetry
  • Pre-1914 Literary Heritage Novels
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Creative Writing

Media Studies Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Students at Key Stage 4 have the option to study AQA GCSE Media Studies. This is a two-year course, which consists of the following units:

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media (Examination unit, 40% of overall grade)
  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media (Coursework unit, 60% of overall grade)

The course has four key concepts: Audience, Media Language, Representation and Institutions. In Year 10, students will cover all of these areas along with completing three coursework tasks. The tasks are:

  • Assignment 1: Magazines
    Analyse existing magazine covers in terms of media language and target audience. Use this knowledge to design and evaluate an original magazine cover.
  • Assignment 2: Movie Promotion
    Analyse a movie poster and trailer for a chosen film commenting on representation and institutions. Use this knowledge to design and evaluate an original movie poster and a storyboard for a movie trailer.
  • Assignment 3: Music Video
    Research existing music videos looking at all four key concepts. In groups of no more than three students, film and edit a music video for a song of your choice.

In Year 11 students work towards the final examination which is based on a media industry selected by the exam board. The industry is different each year.

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)

GCSE Re-sit: The small number of students who do not achieve a 'good pass' at GCSE are required to re-sit a level 2 English language qualification at post-16. The English department offer opportunities for students to re-sit the AQA GCSE legacy specification and WJEC level 1/ level 2 Certificate. Both qualifications are recognised by higher education institutions. There are two entry points throughout the year (November and June).

A Level: In years 12 and 13, the English department offer AQA 'A level' English language and literature. Students sit the new style AS level in year 12 and the new style A Level in year 13. In year 12, students will study poetry, the novel, an anthology of theme-based texts and a re-casting. In Year 13, students study an additional novel, a play and complete an individual project comparing texts of their own choice (NEA).

BTEC Creative Digital Media Production (Level 3) is offered as a Post 16 option.

Students at Key Stage 5 have the option to select the new BTEC Creative Digital Media Production course. This course comprises of the following units and is the equivalent of one full A-Level:

  • Unit 1: Media Representation (examination)
  • Unit 4: Pre-Production Portfolio (internally assessed unit)
  • Unit 8: Responding to a commission (Externally assessed unit)
  • Unit 10: Film Production – Fiction (internally assessed unit)

The course is suitable for learners who are interested in a career in any field related to media or communication.