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English Language and Literature A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The course is designed to deepen learners’ interest and enjoyment of English Literature and English Language. Students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts spanning pre to post 1900. The AS qualification can be taught independently OR alongside the first year of the A level. The course is linear and all assessment is done at the end of the course. The AS course lasts for one year and is examined at the end of that year.

There is no coursework. A2 is a two year course which comprises of a coursework element and two exams at the end of two years. OCR has developed the AS and A level qualifications in this qualification to ensure that they are entirely co-teachable. It would be possible to examine AS at the end of the first year and then transfer to the A2 for the second year. The grades will not combine to form a final grade; the AS is an independent grade.

The A2 exams are entirely separate from the AS exams. The range of reading material on offer for study crosses over both qualifications so it would be possible having done the AS to take up the second year study of A2.

The OCR A Level in English Language and Literature (EMC) will encourage learners to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, English as they: develop and apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation; develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language; use linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other; engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts; explore the ways in which texts relate to each other and the contexts in which they are produced and received; develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

Some set texts on offer include the work of: Samuel Pepys; Jonathan Swift; Captain Robert Scott; Edward and Helen Thomas; Alan Bennett; Jamie Oliver; Russell Brand; F Scott Fitzgerald; Jacob Sam-La Rose

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language (Grade B in Literature will be considered)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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