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English Language and English Literature A2 Level at Gosford Hill School

Course description

The aims and objectives of the GCE qualification in English Language and Literature at AS and A2 are to enable students to:

  • Develop and apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation
  • Develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Use linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other
  • Engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts
  • Explore the ways in which texts relate to each other and the contexts in which they are produced and received
  • Develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language

In A2, students must also:

  • Undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language

Course content

This qualification requires the study of six texts including, Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing (40% of the A2) EXTERNALLY ASSESSED

Students study:

  • Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology
  • One drama text from a prescribed list

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature (40% of the A2) EXTERNALLY ASSESSED

Students study:

  • A wide range of non-fiction texts on their chosen theme, in preparation for responding to an unseen text
  • Two literary texts from a chosen theme; one compulsory prose fiction text (anchor text) from a choice of two and one other literary text

Themes: Society and the Individual, Love and Loss, Encounters, Crossing Boundaries

Component 3: Investigating and Creating Texts (20% of the A2) INTERNALLY ASSESSED AND EXTERNALLY MODERATED

Students study:

  • A chosen topic (free choice)
  • Two texts relating to their chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in English Language and Literature. While we accept students with a grade C, it is advisable to have gained a B grade in both English Literature and Language to help meet the demands of the course.

Assessment

At AS

Component 1

  • Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total of 50 marks available – 20 marks for Section A and 30 marks for Section B

Component 2

  • Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total marks of 50 marks available: 30 marks for Section A and 20 marks for Section B

At A2

Component 1

  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total of 45 marks available – 24 marks for Section A and 21 marks for Section B

Component 2

  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total of 49 marks available – 21 marks for Section A and 28 marks for Section B

Component 3

Students will produce two assignments:

  • Assignment 1 – two pieces of original writing: one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction writing
  • Assignment 2 – two separate analytical commentaries reflecting on the two pieces they have produced
  • Total of 56 marks available – 32 marks for the original writing and 24 marks for the commentaries

Future opportunities

Media, Marketing, Publishing, Sales, Journalism, Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gosford Hill School directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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