English Language and Literature A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough
This course focuses on the close analysis of language, examining the choices we make when we write or speak. Not only will you study great works of literature, you will also study non-fiction texts, learning more about the types of language we use every day: the anthology which features in this course includes such diverse non-fiction texts as web pages, transcripts of speech and passages from autobiographies. This wide-ranging exploration of language is what gives English Language and Literature a unique character distinct from English Literature. The course is designed to equip you with the skills to see how language manipulates people’s feelings, opinions and responses. It also gives you the chance to write creatively and to be able to analyse your own writing. There is also an analytical coursework module which helps you to develop as an independent learner.
(Both exam papers are worth 40% of the A Level) For Paper 1, Section A, you will be asked to compare two texts from an anthology of non-fiction texts on Paris. One of the texts is named, but you will be expected to select an appropriate text with which to compare it. For Section B, you will be given a passage from Dracula to analyse and to discuss in relation to the whole text. For Section C, you will be given a named poem by Heaney and asked to select an appropriate one with which to compare it. For Paper 2, Section A, you will be given a passage from The Great Gatsby to re-create from a different perspective. This will test your creative skills. You will also be asked to write a commentary to explain your decisions. For Section B, you will be given a passage from Othello to analyse and to discuss in relation to the whole text. Coursework: (Worth 20%) involves comparing the way a theme, chosen by you, is explored in fiction with the way it is explored in speech or non-fiction texts.
QEHS standard entry requirements apply and in addition students are also required to achieve at least two grade 6 passes at English Language and English Literature.
English occupies a central position in our education system and is welcomed and valued by a wide range of higher education courses. Careers in media, journalism, advertising and publishing are obvious English-based opportunities, but good communication skills are needed in most walks of life.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.