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English Language and Literature AS and A level at Frome Community College

Course description

A level course structure:

Component 1: exploring non-fiction and spoken texts. Focuses on an anthology of spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts. One-hour exam worth 16% of the A Level.

Component 2: the language of poetry and plays. Two-part component is split into two parts. Section A focuses on one poetry collection (from a choice of six). Section B focuses on one drama text (from a choice of six). Two-hour exam worth 32% of the A Level.

Component 3: reading as a writer, writing as a reader. Two-part component: Section A focuses on the nature of narrative in one prose text (from a choice of six); students will show critical awareness of how a novel is constructed. Section B requires students to draw upon their understanding of how narratives work as the basis for their own original writing. Two-hour exam worth 32% of the A Level.

Component 4: analysing and producing texts. Two-part, independent study component: Task 1 Essay comparing a non-fiction text (from a list set by OCR) with a text of student’s choice from any genre; one of the texts must have been published after 2000. Task 2 A piece of original non-fiction writing including an introduction that shows an understanding of the way in which the chosen genre reveals itself. The independent study is a non-examined component submitted in the summer term of 2017. It is worth 20% of the total A Level. The A Level qualification will be assessed at the end of the two years.

AS course structure

Component 1: reading spoken and written non-fiction is split into two sections; Section A draws upon knowledge of an anthology of spoken and written texts across time. In Section B students produce their own non-fiction writing. One-and-a-half hour exam worth 50% of the AS.

Component 2: the language of literary texts is split into two sections; In Section A students study and are examined on one prose text (from a choice of six). In Section B they are examined on one substantial poetry text from a choice of six).

One-and-a-half hour exam worth 50% of the AS.

The stand-alone AS qualification is assessed by two exams in terms 5 and 6.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English and/or maths.  Grade B in GCSE English language and literature

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Frome Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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