English Language & Literature
Five 9 – 4 (A* – C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of a 4 (C) in GCSE English Language
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.
Studying A Level Language and Literature allows you the best of both worlds. Not only will you study a range of fascinating contemporary plays, novels and poetry but you will learn the art of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
You should have a passion for reading, have an inquiring mind and really want to stretch yourself in your understanding of texts.
As you learn about the language of speech you will find out how communication between people is a lot more than just what you hear.
Examination 5.5 hours: 2 papers
Paper 1 – Telling Stories – written examination 3 hours – 100 marks 40% of A Level
Section A – Remembered places: AQA Anthology: (40 marks) closed book
Section B – Imagined Worlds: One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks) open book The Lovely Bones
Section C – Poetic Voices: One question from a choice of two on Duffy Meantime poems (25 marks)
Paper 2 – Exploring Conflict – written examination 2.5 hours – 100 marks 40% of A Level
Section A – Writing About Society: One piece of re-creative writing using open book The Great Gatsby (25 marks) plus a critical commentary (30 marks)
Section B – Dramatic Encounters: one question from a choice of two on open book A Streetcar Named Desire (45 marks).
Coursework – Making Connections 20% of A Level. A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary on non-literary discourse (2500 – 3000 words) (50 marks).
This course will give you a wide base of skills in English analysis and creative writing, opening up an excellent choice of careers. The re-creative and recasting tasks are particularly useful for Journalism, but those interested in careers in Law, Teaching or any profession where communication is essential will find this course extremely valuable.
As an approximate guideline A Level subjects require 4-5 hours of independent study each.
All reading materials are provided by the College but it is expected that you will supply writing materials (pen/paper).
Your teachers will guide you through the texts using a combination of individual study, pair, group and class work, quizzes, essays, discussions and presentations. What you have to say is as valuable as what we do. You will be encouraged to grow and step out of your comfort zone as you develop as an academic student and as a young person.
…you have a passion for reading, have an inquiring mind and really want to stretch yourself in your understanding of texts and want to learn how communication between people is a lot more than just what you hear.