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English Language and Literature A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Studying Language and Literature allows you the best of both worlds. Not only will you study a range of fascinating contemporary plays, novels and poetry but you will learn the art of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Course content

You will study at A Level:

  • Learn about how and why views and perspectives of different kinds are shaped and used in narratives
  • Learn about methods of language analysis using language frameworks to adopt a close language focus, identifying salient features of language used in the respective texts based on AQA Anthology - Paris
  • Explore the imagined worlds of Sebold's - The Lovely Bones which are characterised by unusual narratives, narrators and events to consider the key aspects of the texts which place them in particular contexts of production and reception
  • Analyse language choices to explore point of view, characterisation, presentation of time and space/place and narrative structure
  • Explore the nature and function of poetic voice in the telling of vents and the presentation of people. Explore and analyse the role of languagein Duffy's Meantime poetry
  • Create original re-creative tasks and commentary evaluating your language choices
  • Exploring Conflict. This part of the subject content focuses on how languagechoices help to construct ideas of conflict between people and between people and their societies
  • Students learn about the ways in which writers and speakers use language, beginning with a general focus on broad questions such as: How do people interact? How do people claim power and position others in talk? How do people express identity? What communicative strategies do people use when in conflict with others? How do different groups or individuals make themselves heard?

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language


A Level

Examination 5.5 hours: 2 papers

Paper 1 - telling stories - written examination 3 hours - 100 marks 40% of A LEvel - 4.1.2 - remembered places: AQA Anthology: (40 marks) closed book - 4.1.3 - imagined worlds: One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks) open book Lovely Bones - 4.1.4 poetic voices: One question from a choice of two on Duffy Meantime poetry (25marks)

Paper 2 - exploring conflict - written examination 2.5 hours - 100 marks 40% of A Level - 4.2.2 - writing about society: One piece of re-creative writing using open book The Great gatsby (25 marks) - 4.2.3 - critical commentary (30 marks) - 4.2.4 - dramatic encounters: one question from a choice of two on open book A Streetcar NAmed Desire (45 marks)

Coursework - making connections 20% of A Level - 4.3. making connections coursework 20% of A LEvel. A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary or non-literary discourse (2500 - 3000 words) (50 marks)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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