English and Media is one of the College’s core Curriculum Areas with 14 staff who meet regularly both in course teams and as a whole. Formerly two separate departments, many of the staff teach across a range of subjects and several have cross-college responsibilities too.
In English, AS/A levels are offered in English Language, English Literature and the combined English Language and Literature. It is also one of the first departments in the country to offer the new Creative Writing AS/A Level. All these are with the AQA exam board. Critical Thinking (OCR) is another subject offered in this area, both as a mainstream and a fast-track option for Gifted and Talented students, each at AS only. The English IGCSE is taught to Level 3 students aged 16-18 and adult students have the opportunity to study the AQA English GCSE either in the daytime or as an evening class. Literary Studies is also offered as an option for students on the Access course. For students from Entry Level up to Level 2, the need to develop English Functional Skills is supported alongside the Foundation or Higher Project Qualification, enabling students to gain extra qualifications while improving overall skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
In Media, there are AS/A level options in Communication and Culture (AQA), Film Studies and Media Studies (WJEC), as well as the more practical Media Techniques courses in Journalism, Radio and TV & Video, which can be done either as a single option Certificate or double award Diploma in any combination over one or two years. At Level 2, a BTEC in Short Film Production is offered, as well as a Media option for students taking the Level 1 Diploma of Vocational Education.