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English A: Literature and Language IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The language A: language and literature course aims to develop skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can relate to culturally determined reading practices, and to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts. An understanding of the ways in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined and by the circumstances of production and reception. Helping students
to focus closely on the language of studied texts and to become aware of the role of wider context in shaping meaning is central to the course.
The study of literature in translation from other cultures is especially important
to IB DP students because it contributes to a global perspective.
Texts are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and media.
The aims of language A: language and literature standard level courses are to:
• introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres
• develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections
• develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication
• encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received
• encourage an appreciation of the different perspectives of other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning
• encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts
• promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature
• develop in students an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts
• encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience and purpose.

Course content

Part 1: Language in cultural context
• effect of audience and purpose on the structure and content of texts
• impact of language changes
• effect of culture and context on language and meaning
Part 2: Language and mass communication
• forms of communication within the media
• educational, political or ideological influence of the media
• ways in which mass media use language and image to inform, persuade or entertain
Part 3: Literature—texts and contexts
• historical, cultural and social contexts in which texts are written and received
• relationship between context and formal elements of the text, genre and structure
• attitudes and values expressed by literary texts and their impact on readers
Part 4: Literature—critical study
• detailed exploration of literary works
• elements such as theme and the ethical stance or moral values of literary texts
• appropriate use of literary terms


Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.


Having followed the language and literature standard level course, students
will be expected to demonstrate the following.
Knowledge and understanding
• knowledge and understanding of a range of texts
• understanding of the use of language, structure, technique and style
• critical understanding of the ways in which readers construct meaning and the influence of context
• understanding of how different perspectives influence the reading of a text
Application and analysis
• ability to choose an appropriate text type
• ability to use terminology relevant to the various text types studied
• ability to analyse the effects of language, structure, technique and style on the reader
• awareness of the ways in which the production and reception of texts contribute to their meanings
• ability to substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples
Synthesis and evaluation
• ability to compare and contrast the formal elements, content and context of texts
• Discuss the ways in which language and image may be used in a range of texts
• ability to evaluate conflicting viewpoints within and about a text
Selection and use of appropriate presentation and language skills
• ability to express ideas clearly and with fluency, both written and orally
• ability to use the oral and written forms of the language, in a range of styles, registers and situations
• ability to discuss and analyse texts in a focused and logical manner

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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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