English Lang/Lit

Overview:

This course offers a wonderful opportunity to explore how language works on many levels and ways – both in ‘real life’ and in literature.

Content:

We rely on the language choices of a writer to make meaning in what we read. Our language is full of literary features and our literature would collapse without its linguistic frameworks. This course builds on the skills you have developed while studying GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature and enables you to harness the knowledge – past, present and future – of the power of the written and spoken word.  You will study a range of texts, both literary and non-fiction, as well as spoken language, within frameworks such as phonology and phonetics and contexts of production and reception.

Entry Requirements:

Please refer to the 2017 entry requirements.

Course structure and assessment

Module

 

Module Title Mode of Assessment Brief outline

 

1

 

Telling Stories

 

Written exam: 3 hours

Combination of closed and open book

100 marks

40% of A level

 

 

Much of the content from the AS course will be re-examined here – students will sit an exam which includes an essay question on the Paris anthology, an essay question on the ‘imagined worlds’ prose text and an essay question on the ‘poetic voices’ poems studied during the AS course.

 

 

2

 

Exploring Conflict

 

Written exam:  2 hours 30 minutes

Open book

100 marks

40% of A level

 

Candidates will use a set text to produce a piece of re-creative writing and a critical commentary in this exam and also an essay question on their drama set text.

 

3

 

Making Connections

 

Non-exam assessment

50 marks

20% of A level

 

Candidates will complete a personal investigation, exploring a specific technique or theme in literary and non-literary discourse. This piece will be between 2,500 and 3000 words and will be teacher assessed and moderated by AQA.

Special features:

We regularly run trips to the theatre or cinema, to view dramatic texts on stage. In addition, there are several opportunities to engage in ‘real-world’ scenarios where texts are produced.

Specification:

AQA English Language and Literature

A level – 7707

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707

Further study and career opportunities:

English Language and Literature may help if you wish to pursue creative subjects or careers, such as those involving drama, media, journalism and creative writing. However, as the course balances creative elements with key skills in analysis and essay writing, it will help you towards just about any career you have in mind.