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English Language and Literature A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

The qualification is linear meaning that you will sit all of the A Level exams at the end of your course in the summer of Year 13.
NB: The texts listed below are included as examples, your teacher will tell you which texts you will study at the beginning of your course.

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing (2 hour 30 minute examination: 40 per cent of A Level)

  • Two sections – students answer the question in Section A and one question on their chosen drama text in Section B.
  • Section A – Voices in 20th- and 21st century Texts: one comparative essay question on one unseen extract selected from 20th- or 21st-century sources and
  • One text from the anthology (Selection of non-fiction and digital texts).
  • Section B – Drama Texts: one extract-based essay question on the chosen drama text (e.g. The History Boys, A Streetcar Named Desire, Top Girls…)

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature (2 hour 30 min examination: 40 per cent of A Level)

  • Section A – Unseen Prose Non-fiction Texts: one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract. The unseen extract is linked to the studied theme.
  • Section B – Prose Fiction and Other Genres: one comparative essay question on one prose fiction anchor text (e.g. The Great Gatsby) and one other text from a theme (e.g. Othello).

Unit 3: Coursework (20 per cent of A Level)

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 (AO5 assessed).
  • Assignment 2 – one analytical commentary reflecting on their studied texts and the pieces of writing they have produced (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 assessed).
  • The advisory total word count is 2500–3250: 1500–2000 words for the original writing pieces and 1000–1250 for the commentary.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this course is a grade B in both English literature and English language GCSEs.

Sixth form students are expected to pay for their own texts, as all copies need to be heavily annotated, although no texts may be taken into the examination room. We estimate the cost to be £30 - £60 for the A Level course. Books to be studied will be purchased from the Finance Office.

Future opportunities

English is a very popular course at university and is an acceptable subject for all courses, not just those leading to an arts or humanities degree. Possible careers range from the obvious choices of journalism, media, creative and dramatic writing, publishing and librarianship to law, the Civil Service, politics, teaching and advertising. The rigorous academic skills acquired through a degree in English are highly

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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