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English Language and Literature A level at Carnforth High School

Course description

The overarching aim for the English Department at Carnforth High is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. Through widespread reading, students will also be given the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Course content

AS level:

Component 1  
  • Section A: Comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text.
  • Section B: Creative Writing and Commentary
Students will study a selection of poems from the Eduqas Pre-1914 Poetry Anthology. They will be required to compare and contrast a set poem and one of the two unseen texts (one of which will be spoken language) showing understanding of how language, form and context can shape and change meaning. They will also study a range of literary and non-literary texts to support their own original work. Students will then be required to reflect on their own work.
 
Component 2 
  • Section A: Post 1900 Drama
  • Section B: Non-literary text study
Students will study The History Boys by Alan Bennett exploring the effect of language used and the significance and influence of the context in which the text was produced and received.  Students will then study In Cold Blood by Truman Capote exploring the presentation of writer’s viewpoint.

 

A level:

Those students who wish to continue into Year 13 will cover similar texts and apply similar skills whilst extending in breadth and depth through development of analysis, evaluation and production of texts.

Entry requirements

5 A*-Cs at GCSE including GCSE English and/or Mathematics. 

In addition, a minimum B grade for the A-Level subjects you are hoping to study.

Assessment

AS level:

Component 1 - Closed book 2 part Examination; 2 hours

  • 40% of the overall AS qualification. 

Component 2 - Open book 2 part examination; 2 hours.

  • 60% of the overall AS. 

 

A level:

Those students who wish to continue into Year 13 will cover similar texts and apply similar skills whilst extending in breadth and depth through development of analysis, evaluation and production of texts.

Financial information

Copies of the key texts will be required for the Unit 2 study: these will be made available through school.

Access to the internet is required for research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carnforth High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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