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English Language and Literature AS level at Stratton Upper School

Course description

Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.

This course encourages you to develop your interest and enjoyment in English. You will use linguistic and literary approaches in reading and interpretation of texts working with a range of spoken, written and multimodal material. This will also develop your skills as a writer.

Course content

AS Subject content

Paper 1: Views and Voices

What's assessed?
Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose
Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
Section A – Imagined worlds
One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks) 
This section is closed book.
Section B – Poetic voices
One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks) 
This section is closed book.

Paper 2: People and Places
What's assessed?
Remembered places – the representation of place
Re-creative writing – adapting and shaping original material
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
Section A – Remembered places
One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)
This section is closed book.
Section B – Re-creative writing
One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks)
Critical commentary (20 marks)
This section is closed book.

Future opportunities

Many Universities value students with an A Level in English as this demonstrates to them that the student is a bright, knowledgeable, academic candidate, who will be able to thrive in Higher Education. Studying English at A Level could lead into a career in Education, Law, Journalism, Media, Speech Therapy and Management. Through studying English at A Level, students will learn how to effectively articulate their ideas and opinions, a skill that is useful in most, if not all professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratton Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017
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