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English Language and Literature A Level at The Compton School

Course description

English Language and Literature is an exciting course that allows students to consider how Language and Literature inform each other, rather than seeing them as separate entities. Creative minds will enjoy exploring a range of writing opportunities, while analysing a breadth of Literature alongside. The variety this course offers enables students to become original, critical and independent young people as they delve in to the imagination of some of our greatest writers and develop their own.

In addition to looking at literary greats such as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Shakespeare, students will study a range of non-fiction and non-literary material across the two year course. Language analysis will be taken further as students are expected to identify salient features through close focused study; students will then enrich their critical reading of the original pieces by writing their own re-creative work. The course will be assessed through both examination and coursework which will be complemented by student presentations, research projects, debates, lectures and creative writing opportunities. In addition, the curriculum is enriched through trips to the theatre and academic events.

English Language and Literature students should be avid readers, not just of the core texts; they should read independently and widely in their own time. They should also have a love of creative writing, with flair and originality. Lessons will involve both individual and group work and students are encouraged to develop oral skills through debate and discussion.

Course content

Paper One: Telling Stories – students learn the way in which writers and speakers present stories, drawing on their everyday experiences of storytelling in different modes and on published texts. Assessed by written examination (40% of A-Level).

Paper Two: Exploring Conflict – here students learn the ways in which writers and speakers use language and will be required to adopt a close language focus. This will lead to re-creative writing inspired by the original text complemented by a critical commentary. Assessed by written examination (40% of A-Level).

Independent Critical Study: Making Connections – this is a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary texts. Assessed by 1 extended essay (2,500 – 3000 words) (20% of A-Level).

Entry requirements

GCSE Literature/ Language, grade B.

Future opportunities

An English Language and Literature A-Level student will leave the two year course with broad academic abilities and strong written skills, as well as an ability to form your own individual opinions; you will leave this course as a self-reflective person and with a better sense of your own personal tastes and interests. Future studies within the field of English and Linguistics at University are well suited to this course. Moreover, an English Language and Literature A-Level qualification also complements many other career paths, such as Advertising, Law, Business, Psychology, Journalism, writing, The Civil Service and Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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