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Welcome to Ysgol Bro Gwaun English Department


  • Mr M O'Connor (Head of Department)
  • Miss E Taylor (Second in Department)
  • Mrs M Evans
  • Mrs R Clark

We believe that:

‘All children have the need and the right to acquire language skills which will enable them to communicate their opinions, their creativity and their aspirations across the curriculum and in their future lives’

The following are the aims of the English Department:

  • The syllabus, teaching methodology, schemes of work and assessment provision will reflect the overall aims of the school.
  • The departmental scheme of work will honour the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • The Department will offer opportunities for all pupils in the school to succeed, regardless of age, gender and cultural and ethnic background.
  • All pupils will be given the opportunities and the resources to establish and develop their language skills within the context of the written and spoken word.
  • All pupils will be given access to a wide range of written materials and a critical appreciation of this material will be fostered.
  • All pupils will be allowed to develop their creativity within these contexts and will be encouraged in self-expression and opinion forming.
  • All pupils will be taught the basis skills of spelling, punctuation and handwriting in order to support their learning across the curriculum.
  • All pupils will be given guidance to chose the appropriate form of their written and spoken language skills within the context of the wider world.
  • All pupils will be guided towards success in the achievement of a suitable qualification in this subject at KS4.
    The department will uphold the aims of the school in establishing and encouraging a whole school attitude towards written and spoken language skills.


  What kind of learner are you?

Everybody’s different! We all like different things, have different talents and interests and are good at different things. Some people are brainy at maths, some people are sporty, some are down to earth and practical and some people arty and creative. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to know that people also learn best in different ways.

AS/A English Language and Literature


From September 2012, Ysgol Bro Gwaun English department are introducing a new AS/A level course of English Language & Literature.

Course aims:

·          Use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts

·          Engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationship between texts

·          Undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language


Specification Content


LL1: Critical Reading of Literary and Non-Literary Texts: 2 ½ hour external exam 60% (30%)


This unit focuses on the critical reading of a wide range of texts from poetry to transcriptions and from fictional prose to journalism. Students will be required to apply linguistic and literary methods in their analysis of the texts.

Section A: Poetry pre – 1900 (closed text) and unseen text: This involves the comparative study of 2 texts, one of which will be a poem from the pre – 1900 anthology, which includes a range of poems from the Early Modern English period. This range of poems has been selected to introduce the historical developments in the English language, the rich literary tradition of verse and the variation of poetic content and style over time.


Section B: Prose (open text): This involves the study of two prose texts from a prescribed list. Students are required to study one ‘core’ text in depth and for wider reading a ‘partner’ text.


Core Prose Text

Partner Prose Text


Stuart: A Life Backwards: Alexander Masters


Once in a House on Fire: Andrea Ashworth


Cold Comfort Farm: Stella Gibbons


Sons and Lovers: D.H. Lawrence

Creative Non-Fiction

In Cold Blood: Truman Capote


True History of the Kelly Gang: Peter Carey

Past, Present, Future

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Audrey Niffenegger


The Time Machine: H.G. Wells


LL2: Creative Writing 40% (20%)  Internal Assessment

This coursework unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.
The assessment is based on a folder of work of approximately 3,000 words, comprising three pieces in total, each of approximately 1,000 words

Students will be required to produce two separate pieces of original creative writing, each of approximately 1000 words (less for verse). Each piece of writing is equally weighted.



(a) One piece of writing must be literary, inspired by the candidate’s wider independent reading.

(b) The second piece must be non-literary: journalism, reviews, information texts, etc.

The relevant assessment objective for both pieces of original writing expects candidates to:

• Demonstrate expertise and creativity in using language appropriately for a variety of purposes and audiences, drawing on insights from linguistic and literary studies

(c) Candidates will be required to produce a commentary of approximately 1000 words.

The commentary assesses candidates’ understanding of their choices of content, form, and style in both pieces of the original written work, making points of comparison and contrast between them.



A Level Units


LL3 Analysing and Producing Performance Texts: 40% (20%) Internal Assessment

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated. Its focus is on texts produced for performance. It encourages the development of extended formal essay-writing skills, independent research and creative writing linked to performance.

Both sections of the unit require candidates to synthesise their knowledge and understanding of integrated linguistic and literary methods and concepts in the study of spoken, written and multi-modal texts


Section A Dramatic texts in context

Candidates are required to produce a piece of work of approximately 1,500 words, based on their study of two drama texts:

·          One play by Shakespeare selected for detailed study;

·          One play/performance text by another dramatist/writer.


Section B Producing texts for performance

Candidates will be required to:

·          Write 2 original spoken texts (one of which should be transcribed) for performance for different audiences and purposes (approximately 1000 words in total);

·          Evaluate the effectiveness of one of the texts they have produced (approximately 500 words).



LL4 Comparative Textual Analysis and Review: 60% (30%) External Examination (2 1⁄2 hours)


Section A: Comparative analysis of texts


Candidates will be required to answer one compulsory question in this section. The question will require candidates to produce a detailed comparative analysis of three unseen texts of different genres, chosen from a range of types and periods.


Section B: Reviewing approaches ('open' text – clean copy)


Candidates will be required to answer one question , from a choice of six.  In preparation for this question, candidates are required to study one poetry or prose text from a prescribed list. The questions set will not be directly linked to the prescribed texts, but will invite discussion of aspects of integrated study which will involve knowledge of these texts as well as comparative reference to other texts (literary/non-literary, spoken/written) studied in the course as a whole or selected for wider independent study.


Candidates are free to select any one text from the box below:


Charles Dickens: Hard Times (Penguin)

Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights (Penguin)

George Orwell: Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays (Penguin)

ed. Ian Jack: The Granta Book of Reportage (Classics of Reportage) (Granta Books)

Ted Hughes: Birthday Letters (Faber)

T.S.Eliot: Selected Poems (Faber)



Suggested reading/listening/viewing


·          A good anthology of verse (Penguin, Oxford, The Rattle Bag are all good starting points)

·          Any of the good nineteenth century novelists such as Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, the Bronte sisters.

·          A good companion to/encyclopaedia of English Literature and English Language

·          Mastering Advanced English Language – Sara Thorne

·          Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson

·          Regularly read a broadsheet newspaper

·          Radio 4 and 5 Live

·          Try to watch a daily news programme and programmes such as Question Time, Newsnight, The Late Review


Further to the above you should be aiming to expand your reading repertoire generally. Any of the teachers in the English department will be only too glad to recommend books, films, TV or radio programmes. Try to pursue as many of these recommendations as possible.


If you are ever in any doubt about any aspect of the course feel free to ask any of the English teachers in the department.


Most importantly – enjoy the course!