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English Language and Literature AS/A Level at St Thomas More Catholic School

Course description

An English Language/Literature AS/A level course involves developing your enjoyment and interest in literary and non-literary texts. The course covers aspects of stylistics, linguistics, narratology and creative writing.

AS/A level English Language/Literature is a course for the committed and enthusiastic student who has really enjoyed their GCSE English course. It will require you to study texts in greater detail and depth and wider reading is an essential element of the syllabus. There is a great deal of work involved with this course so it does require conscientious study.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1: Views and Voices

  • 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: People and Places

  • 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

  • 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

  • A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and nonliterary discourse

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 in GCSE English language and English literature.

Assessment

AS Level

  • Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes;75 marks; 50% of AS level
  • Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes; 75 marks; 50% of AS level

A Level 

  • Paper 1: Written exam: 3 hours;100 marks; 40% of A level
  • Paper 2: A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2500-3000 words)

Future opportunities

Higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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