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English Language & Literature at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Studying English provides you with the opportunity to develop your reading and analytical skills and build a lifelong love of reading. You’ll study a varied selection of different poetry and prose texts, exploring themes, language and structure. You’ll develop your critical thinking skills by studying a variety of unseen texts. You will reflect upon the creative process and produce your own original writing, drawing inspiration from the works that you have studied.

English as a subject is highly respected and valued by the top universities. It is academically rigorous and that means it’s a fantastic introduction to the skills you’ll need in higher education.

Skills Needed

A passion for reading and a love of language are essential. You should also be willing to join in discussion and debate. You will require the ability to analyse texts closely, using critical terminology. You will need excellent inference skills to help you to interpret the meanings of unseen texts. The ability to express yourself clearly, both verbally and in writing, is essential. You will need imaginative flair and an enthusiasm for creative writing.

Course content

Year 1

Component 1:

Voices in Speech and Writing

Section A – Creating Voices (20 marks)

One re-creative response drawing upon a text from the Anthology.

Section B – Comparing Voices (30 marks)

One comparative essay question on one unseen extract and one text from the Anthology.

Component 2:

Varieties in Language and Literature

Section A -Prose Fiction Extract (25 marks)

One essay question based on the studied prose fiction text.

Section B – Exploring Text and Theme (25 marks)

One essay question based on the other studied text from the chosen theme.

Year 2
 
Component 1 - Voices in Speech and Writing
 
Section A –Voices in 20th and 21st Century Texts (25 marks)
 
One comparative essay question on one unseen extract and one text from the Anthology.
 
Section B – Drama Texts (25 marks)
 
One extract-based essay question on the chosen drama text.
 
Component 2 - Varieties in Language and Literature
 
Section A –Unseen Prose Non-Fiction Texts (20 marks)
 
One essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract linked to the studied theme.
 
Section B – Prose Fiction and Other Genres(30 marks)
 
One essay question on two studied texts.
 
Component 3 - Coursework (20%) Students select two texts (one fiction, one non-fiction) related to their chosen topic. They will produce two pieces of creative writing, using their texts as stimulus or style models, and one commentary.
Assignment 1 - one piece of fiction writing.
Assignment 2 -one piece of creative non-fiction writing.
Assignment 3 - one analytical commentary reflecting on the two pieces they have produced.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths.

Grade B in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

You will need a Grade B  in the GCSE English Language exam component.

Assessment

Year 1

Component 1: written examinations of 1 ½ hours each (50%)
 
Component 2: written examinations of 1 ½ hours each (50%)
 
Year 2
 
Component 1: written examinations of 2 ½ hours each (40%)
 
Component 2: written examinations of 2 ½ hours each (40%)
 
Component 3: coursework (20%)

 

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Theatre visits, for example ‘The Kite-Runner’. Master classes, for example Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Access to clips, articles and revision resources through our subscription to the e-magazine website. The Sixth Form collection in the library will help you to read widely.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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