A Level English Language and Literature
About the course
This course aims to increase awareness of the ways in which writers and speakers vary their use of language depending on their audience and purpose. It offers opportunities to develop your skills in communicating clearly and effectively in speech and writing.
The literature section of the course will introduce you to a range of novels, plays and poetry.
The study of English Language and Literature will appeal to all those who love reading, and who want to sharpen their skills in the written and spoken word.
AS Paper 1: Views and Voices
You will learn how language choices help to shape the representations of different worlds and perspectives in literary fiction. You will apply your knowledge to the following:
• Prose fiction that constructs imaginary worlds
• Poetry that constructs a strong sense of personal perspective.
AS Paper 2: People and Places
You will learn about the ways in which writers and speakers present narratives about places, beginning with a general focus on broad questions such as:
• Why do people tell stories about places?
• How do writers and speakers present places, societies, people and events?
AS Assessment Pattern
Two Exam papers of 1½ hours each
A Level Paper 1: Telling Stories
You will learn about the ways in which writers and speakers present stories, beginning with a general focus on broad questions such as:
• Why do people tell stories?
• What ingredients do stories need to have?
• What makes a good story?
• How are stories told in different modes?
• Is there a special kind of story called ‘literature’?
A Level Paper 2: Exploring Conflict
You will study the AQA Anthology: Paris. The anthology includes a wide range of text types with a particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary material. In this part of the subject content, students explore speech and other genres.
A Level: Non Exam Assessment (NEA): Making Connections
This part of the course requires you to make connections between a literary text and some non-literary material.
A Level Assessment Pattern
Paper 1: 3 hours examination
Paper 2: 2 ½ hours examination
NEA: Personal investigation of 2,500 – 3,000 words.
English can be an enjoyable subject to study for pleasure. However, it could also be a useful asset for any university or career choice you make. The skills you will learn on the course will enhance all aspects of your communication and equip you with excellent evaluative and analytical skills.
5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.
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