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English Language and Literature AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, this specification enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE this course will allow students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps. The variety of assessment styled used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

This specification encourages candidates to:

• use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts

• engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between texts.

• undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Paper 1: Views and Voices

What’s assessed

  • Imagined Worlds-points of view and genre in prose
  • Poetic Voices- the forms and functions of poetic voice
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

Paper 2: People and Places

What’s assessed

  • Remembered Places- the representation of place
  • Re-Creative Writing- adapting and shaping original material
  • Critical Commentary- evaluating own writing

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

 

A LEVEL

Paper 1: Telling Stories

What’s assessed

  • Remembered Places- the representation of place
  • Imagined Worlds- point of view and genre in prose
  • Poetic Voices- the forms and functions of poetic voice

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

What’s assessed

  • Writing about society- the role of  the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts
  • Critical commentary-evaluating own writing
  • Dramatic Encounters- conflict in drama

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in English Language and GCSE Grade C in English Literature

GCSE APS of 40

Assessment

AS LEVEL

PAPER 1

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minute
  • 75 marks / 50% of AS level

Questions

Section A- Imagined Worlds (Closed book)

  • One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks)

Section B- Poetic Voices (Closed book)

One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks)


PAPER 2

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75marks / 50% of AS level

Questions

Section A- Remembered Places (Closed book)

  • One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)

Section B- Re-creative Writing (Closed book)

  • One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks)

Critical commentary (20 marks)


A LEVEL

PAPER 1

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks / 40% of A- level

Questions

Section A- Remembered Places (Closed book)

  • One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)

Section B- Imagined Worlds (Open book)

  • One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks)

Section C- Poetic Voices (Open book)

One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (25 marks)


PAPER 2

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks / 40% of A- level

Questions

Section A- Writing about Society (Open book)

  • One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks)
  • Critical Commentary (30 marks)

Section B- Dramatic Encounters (Open book)

One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections

What’s assessed

  • Making Connections- investigation on a chosen theme and texts
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Assessed

  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 50 marks / 20% of the A-level

Task:

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500-3,000 words)

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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