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English Language & Literature (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, this specification enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps.

Course content

Unit 1: Telling Stories
(Exam- 40%)
Part A- One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris
Part B- One question on a prose set text e.g. Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale etc. 
Part C- One question on a set poetry text e.g. the poems of Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney etc.
Unit 2: Exploring Conflict
(Exam- 40%)
Part A- Writing about Society
 One piece of re-creative writing using set text and an accompanying Critical commentary e.g. on The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner etc. 
Part B – Dramatic Encounters
One question from a choice of two on drama set text e.g. Othello, All My Sons etc.
Unit 3: Making Connections 
(Coursework- 20%)
Making Connections - investigation on a chosen theme and texts
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Entry requirements

Min 5 in both English Language & Literature +  3 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs


20% Non Exam Assessment (Coursework) and 80% Examination

Future opportunities

The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Further information

Students will be expected to complete regular homework, attend revision sessions and complete additional reading outside of lesson times. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.