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English

The English Department in Parkhall Integrated College is a vibrant and dynamic department made up of eight full time specialist English teachers. Our aim is to enable our pupils to reach the highest academic standards in English in the most enjoyable way, so that they are fully engaged in learning English.

All teaching in the English Department is focused on clear learning outcomes; every task undertaken is based on reaching a key learning objective that is tied into the Northern Ireland Curriculum for English and Media Studies in the areas of: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 8–10) pupils have opportunities to read a variety of texts, including: novels, short stories, poems and non-fiction. They also have many writing opportunities; which allow them to use the skills studied in their reading to be developed in their own writing. Every area of learning in the English Department is underpinned by Speaking and Listening, since talking about learning is crucial for pupils to progress.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Year 11-12) all pupils complete GCSE English Language (CCEA). Pupils also have the opportunity to study English Literature, Drama and Media Studies at GCSE all under the guidance of the English department. The department work hard to ensure pupils are prepared for their examinations through effective teaching and learning, study support and revision blitz sessions prior to examinations. Students are given the opportunity to complete mock examinations to ensure they are fully prepared and have developed examination technique.

Post-16

Pupils have the option to stay on to study English Literature to A-level. Pupils study a range of literature undergoing examinations in Year 13 and 14. English Literature is a highly respected A level. As well as an English Literature degree itself, students of Literature might go on to study for University degrees in a range of subjects including: History, Sociology, Psychology, Drama and Theatre Studies and Law. Even Medical Schools value the subject highly.

It is also very effective in developing transferrable skills such as interpretive abilities, communication, an understanding of how language works, close analysis, and the ability to construct a well-argued case. These are highly valued in a range of graduate careers such as Teaching, Business and Finance, Journalism, Publishing – even Politics.

Media Studies

At Parkhall Integrated College, we are proud to offer our students the opportunity to study AQA Media Studies and OCNNI Digital and Creative Arts with a focus on film production.

Media Studies is a contemporary and event changing subject which challenges pupils to view and consider the media they create and consume. These courses offer our pupils the literacy, analytical, research, creative and technical skills to enter the exciting and ever growing and evolving media industry in Northern Ireland.

Applying their knowledge of media language, representation, audience and industry, pupils build skills in critical analysis and enjoy deconstructing and constructing media products such as film, television, video games and social media.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department offers a Film Club which runs during term 1 and 2 and offers the chance to watch, analyse and create films.

Parkhall Integrated College Mission Statement

‘We endeavour to provide a caring, learning environment where each child feels valued and respected’