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6th Form Prospectus

Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus

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‘Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society matters to read. ENGLISH LITERATURE Examination Board: OCR English Literature is a popular and constantly growing A-level at SGS. It appeals to a diverse range of students, all with differing interests and aspirations. The balance of the course means that students are able to study modern texts along with classics from the English literary heritage. What topics are covered? Year 1 (AS) Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900 Students study a Shakespeare play such as The Tempest, Richard III or Hamlet. In addition they will study poetry from poets such as Coleridge or Rossetti. Drama and prose post-1900 This unit will include the study of American drama including Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and an introduction to modern gothic prose with Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. Year 2 (A-level) Shakespeare and Poetry and Drama pre-1900 Students will revise the Shakespeare play from Year 1 and then compare the AS poetry text with a new drama text, such as The Duchess of Malfi, She Stoops to Conquer, An Ideal Husband or A Doll’s House Comparative and Contextual Study – The Gothic Students undertake a specialist study of the gothic genre, through the study of set texts (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bloody Chamber and wider reading of other gothic fiction). Literature post 1900 and post 2000 (non-exam assessment) This unit enables students to compare the play from AS study (A Streetcar Named Desire) with another modern text, such as On Chesil Beach or Rebecca. They are also required to analyse modern poetry. Who should study English Literature? People are at the centre of English Literature; if you want to develop an understanding of humanity within and beyond your own experience, then English Literature is for you. The course will appeal to those who have an interest in reading a wide variety of literature from the past and present; by both British and American authors; who enjoy expressing their opinions and developing independent ideas; who would be stimulated by a subject which draws upon their own experiences; and who want to keep their opinions open for further study. What skills will I gain studying English Literature? Students of English Literature learn to express their enthusiasm for novels, poems and plays in carefully crafted prose of their own. You will learn to express your informed personal opinions with maturity and sophistication. You will also learn to engage with and debate critical material. What career paths would this subject be suitable for? English Literature combines well with many subjects. The subject attracts students with career aspirations ranging from medicine and business to law and journalism. The course is delivered by all of the subject specialists within our lively department. We aim to bring the subject alive and to engage our students by fostering within them the same enthusiasm for literature. Pleased be advised that students wishing to study English at A-level must choose either English Literature or English Language and Literature combined. Both courses cannot be taken. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 23

Art GEOGRAPHY & Design Examination Examination Board: Board: AQA AQA Why choose Geography at SGS? Year 1 (AS) Water and carbon cycles The cycling of water has obvious and significant implications for the health and prosperity of society. Carbon is everywhere: in the oceans, in rocks and soils, in all forms of life and in our atmosphere. Hazards The atmosphere and the lithosphere intermittently but regularly present hazards to human populations, often in a dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion. Changing places Place can be seen as a definite location. Place differs to the abstract notion of space because places have meaning to people. Space becomes place as we get to know it better. Year 2 (A-level) Coastal systems and landscapes Coastal zones are dynamic environments with distinctive landscapes formed by the interaction of a range of wind, marine and terrestrial processes. Global systems and global governance The global economy and society have altered significantly in recent years as a result of the process of globalisation. There are few subjects either as controversial or as in need of better awareness than attempts to manage and govern human affairs on a global scale. Contemporary urban environments Population levels are rising and nowhere is this more evident than in urban areas. The future survival of cities depends on sustainable growth and their ability to tackle the major issues. What trips occur during the course? Geographical skills and associated fieldwork are an essential part of the course. In year 1 this is assessed in an examination worth 25% of the AS. In year 2 a 3000 word individual investigation which must include data collected in the field is completed which is worth 20% of the A level. The department provides many opportunities which help to bring the subject alive. Sixth form students have visited the Jurassic Coast; London Olympic Park; Gnosall and Birmingham. What career paths would Geography be suitable for? Geographers are highly employable because they have the skills of research, analysis and synthesis, can take a balanced view and have been trained to apply their skills in real world situations. Common career opportunities for geographers are in planning, travel and tourism, the environment, housing management, law, water supply, earth sciences, sustainable development, oceanography and many, many more. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 24

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