English Language and Literature
Entry criteria (GCSE grades):
Minimum grade 5 in either English Literature or English Language
We are delighted to be able to offer this new addition to the subjects offered by the English Faculty.
English Language and Literature A Level takes a stylistic and integrated approach to the study of fiction and non-fiction texts. This course differs from Literature in that you will explore how ideas and worlds are created through language. You will study a range of exciting literary texts from different time periods.
You will use your knowledge gained at GCSE in both Literature and Language to explore differences and similarities across a range of genres. The specification offers opportunities to develop your creative writing skills; you will engage critically with language to produce and evaluate your own piece of original writing.
Paper 1: Telling stories
Section A: Remembered places (AQA anthology on Paris, closed book)
Section B: Imagined worlds (a prose text, open book)
Section C: Poetic voices (open book)
Paper 2: Exploring conflict
Section A: Writing about society
Section B: Dramatic encounters (open book)
Non exam assessment: Making connections- comparing literary and non-literary discourse.
How the course is assessed:
Paper 1: Telling stories (three hour exam, 40%) Paper 2: Exploring conflict (two hour 30 minute exam, 40%) Non exam assessment: Making connections (coursework 20%)
As an essay based subject, English A Levels are always well considered by universities and further education institutions and this course combines detailed analysis of language with the development of skills as both a producer and interpreter of language. The course offers opportunities in media, journalism, law and teaching.
Teacher responsible: Mrs A Silvester