English Language & Literature AS & A Level at Presdales School
At AS Level you will study the use of the spoken and written word in both media and literary contexts. You will develop your ability to analyse, comment and explain. At A Level you will study a wide range of literary and non-literary texts and will write and analyse your own texts.
- Unit 1: Voices in Speech and Writing (Examination 50% weighting) Students will write one re-creative response for a special form, audience and/or purpose, inspired by a text from the Anthology. Students will also write a comparative essay between an unseen text and a text taken from the Anthology.
- Unit 2: Varieties in Language and Literature (Examination 50% weighting) Students study two fiction texts and answer one essay question on each text in the examination.
- Unit 1: Voices in Speech & Writing (Examination 40% weighting) Students will write one comparative essay question on one unseen extract selected from 20th or 21st century sources and one text from the Anthology. They will also write one extract-based question on the chosen drama text, probably Brian Friel’s Translations.
- Unit 2: Varieties in Language & Literature (Examination 40% weighting)
Section A – Unseen Prose Non-Fiction Texts: one essay question on an unseen prose nonfiction extract.
Section B – Prose Fiction and Other Genres: one comparative essay on two prose fiction texts, Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby.
- Coursework (20% weighting): Students will select two texts to study (one fiction and one non-fiction) and will produce two assignments (two pieces of original writing and one analytical commentary).
A Level English requires a candidate to use high level analytical skills and apply them to various written texts. A traditional A Level, it is well regarded by all universities and is an excellent preparation for any Arts based degree. Ultimately English Literature is an excellent subject for those considering future careers such as journalism, law, teaching or the Civil Service.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.