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English

Key Stage 5

Why study English Language and Literature?

The Language and Literature syllabus encourages students to engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. Using literary and linguistic methods, students will analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. Students will develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production.

How will you be assessed?

Paper 1 – Written exam 3 hours. Open books.100 marks. 40% of A Level.

Paper 2 – Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes. Open book. 100 marks. 40% of A Level.

Coursework – A personal investigation into language (2500 words). 50 marks. 20% of A Level.

What will you study?  
Unit 1 Paper 1: Telling Stories. This paper involves students exploring the differing perspectives and viewpoints used by authors to create characters. It also explores how imagined worlds and remembered places have been represented through an exciting range of poetry and prose. This exam will be 3 hours in length and will be open book.
Unit 2 Paper 2: Exploring Conflicts.  This unit will inspire students to get creative with their writing skills, re-creating texts from a range of genres.  There will be particular focus on society and the roles of individuals within it as well as an exploration of drama texts with conflict at their heart.  This exam will be 2 hours 30 minutes in length and will be open book.
Unit 3 Non-exam Assessment: Making Connections. The coursework takes the form of a personal investigation, where students select their own specific language technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse.  The word count is 2500, not including a bibliography.
What will English Language and Literature offer you in the future?

Studying A Level English Language and Literature will give you the best of both worlds: it will develop you as a critical thinker whilst, at the same time, lighting the creative fires in you.  You will engage innovatively and independently with a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts and this will prepare you to engage with, critically assess and utilise language in any setting.

The opportunity to undertake independent and sustained studies in this subject, honing skills as both producers and interpreters of language along the way, will be excellent preparation for future study and a stepping stone to self-sufficiency.  The chance to write creatively will certainly encourage you to take more risks and build confidence in your own abilities.  English Language and Literature inspires you to grow as individuals.  It cares about what you think.

Finally, the flexibility of an English Language and Literature qualification is unsurpassed, supporting innumerable career paths, from Finance to Law to Medicine – it is highly prized and one that no student should underestimate the value of.

 

Subject Leader

Ms I Tomris

Advanced Level

English Literature

AQA

Why study English Literature?

The Literature syllabus encourages students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading  widely,  critically  and  independently,  across  centuries,  genre  and  gender,  and  through  experience  of  an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them.

How will you be assessed?

Paper 1 – Written exam 3 hours. 75 marks. 40% of A Level.

Paper 2 – Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes. Open book. 75 marks. 40% of A Level.

Coursework – One extended comparative essay (2500 words). 50 marks. 20% of A Level.

What will you study?  
Unit 1 This is the foundation to the whole course. It invites students to study a central literary theme as seen over time, referencing their wider reading in prose, drama and poetry. Students will sit a 3 hour exam. In Paper 1 they will be asked to respond to unseen extracts from Shakespeare, poetry and prose.
Unit 2 Paper 2 will involve students responding to a range of literature pertaining to WW1 and its aftermath. In particular students will study three texts, one of which would have been written post 2000.  This exam will be 2 hours 30 minutes in length and will be open book.
Unit 3 The coursework, Unit 3 is an independent, comparative critical study of two texts, one of which must have been written pre-1900. This will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills of autonomy and challenge their appreciation of wider reading. The word count is 2500, not including a bibliography
What will English Literature offer you in the future?

Studying A Level English Literature will help you to develop your ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. You will also develop skills in: independent working; time management and organisation; planning and researching written work; articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories; leading and participating in discussions; effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively; using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives; and critical reasoning and analysis.

The acquisition of these skills means that A-Level English Literature is a highly prized A Level which opens routes to many courses at university and in the world of work.