English Language and Literature A level at St John Fisher Catholic High School
The study of English Language and Literature encourages students to develop their interest in both language and literature as interconnecting and mutually supportive disciplines. Students explore the relationship of language and literature through critical reading of and response to both literary and non-literary texts as well as writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Paper 1: Views and Voices
1½ hour exam. 50% of AS level.
Imagined Worlds: one question on a prose text focusing on point of view and genre e.g Frankenstein, Dracula, The Handmaid’s Tale or The Lovely Bones. Closed book. Poetic Voices: one question on poetry set text focusing on poetic voice e.g John Donne, Robert Browning, Carol Ann Duffy or Seamus Heaney. Closed book.
Paper 2: People and Places
1 Hour 30 minutes exam 50% of AS Level One question on the AQA Anthology: Paris focusing on the representation of place. Closed book.
One piece of re-creative writing (using an extract provided from the Anthology) and a commentary. This assesses adapting and shaping original material and evaluating your own writing through language analysis. Closed book.
Paper 1: Telling Stories
3 hour exam 40% of A Level.
Remembered Places: one question on the AQA Anthology: Paris Imagined Worlds: One question from a choice of two on a prose set text (open book) e.g Frankenstein, Dracula, The Handmaid’s Tale or The Lovely Bones. Poetic Voices: One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (open book) e.g John Donne, Robert Browning, Carol Ann Duffy or Seamus Heaney.
Paper 2: Exploring Conflict
2 hours 30 minutes exam 40% of A Level
Writing about Society: one piece of re-creative writing using set text and a commentary (open book) e.g Into the Wild, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House, The Great Gatsby or The Kite Runner. Dramatic Encounters: One question from a choice of two on drama set text (open book) e.g Othello, All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire or The Herd.
Non-exam assessment: Making Connections
20% of A Level
An investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500-3,000 words).
Grade B or above in both English Language and English Literature or Media Studies at GCSE.
Common goals for students are Higher Education courses in Linguistics, Arts, Social Sciences, Media and Business, but many Science students have also found English Language and Literature a rewarding and successful option.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.