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English Language & Literature

Entry Requirements

English Literature and English Language at GCSE grade 6.

 

About This Course

A Level English Language and Literature will be familiar to students from their study of English Language and Literature at GCSE level, with the study of literary and non-fiction written and spoken texts. The course also enables students to develop their creativity and expertise by producing their own original nonfiction writing. Students explore texts of greater variety and challenge than those encountered at GCSE and learn to apply linguistic and literary concepts and methods to their analysis of texts.

 

Course Content & Assessment

A Level Language and Literature is assessed via two closed text examinations at the end of A2 (80%) and a coursework folder (20%) of approximately 3000 words.

Component 1

Question paper based on extract from an Anthology of non-fiction written and spoken texts.

Component 2 Poetry & Drama

Poetry:  Carol Ann Duffy*

Drama:  A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)*

Component 3 Prose

Prose Text:  The Great Gatsby*

Creative Writing

Component 4 Coursework

Students will be required to write a comparative essay which, together with their piece of non-fiction writing, is worth 20% of their overall grade.

Task 1: Students will be required to write a comparative essay of 1500-2000 words.

Task 2: Students will be required to produce their own piece of non-fiction writing.

 

What could this course lead to?

A Level English Language and Literature is a valued qualification and prepares students for university and entry into a diversity of professions.

 

* Please note that indications of texts studied for English courses are based on the current syllabus and are subject to change in the event of examination board changes & teacher expertise.
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