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A Level : English Language & Literature at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

This course brings together literary and linguistic study in an integrated approach to English. It includes the unique opportunity to compare literary texts with non-literary texts and analyse literary texts from a linguistic perspective. The course is designed around some key themes including ‘Remembered Places’, ‘Imagined Worlds’, ‘Poetic Voices’ and ‘Exploring Conflict’. These topics encompass the study of all three literary genres, poetry, prose and drama, as well as non-fiction texts. Students will develop their analytical and creative writing skills in response to these texts. The course is divided into three main areas: Telling Stories, Exploring Conflict, and Making connections. This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the 2 year course.

English Language and Literature can be linked successfully with most other subjects. The most obvious links are with Media Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, but equally many students enjoy studying this course alongside the Sciences or Maths. Students would not pair this with another English course.

Course content

This course brings together literary and linguistic study in an integrated approach to English. It includes the unique opportunity to compare literary texts with non-literary texts and analyse literary texts from a linguistic perspective. The course is designed around some key themes including ‘Remembered Places’, ‘Imagined Worlds’, ‘Poetic Voices’ and ‘Exploring Conflict’. These topics encompass the study of all three literary genres, poetry, prose and drama, as well as non-fiction texts. Students will develop their analytical and creative writing skills in response to these texts. The course is divided into three main areas: Telling Stories, Exploring Conflict, and Making connections. 

The study of English Language and Literature will enable you to:
Critically evaluate written and spoken texts and the ways in which narratives are constructed for different audiences and contexts.
Present an informed and persuasive opinion both orally and in writing.
Develop detailed critical understanding and analytical skills.
Evaluate the relationships between texts plus the significance of contextual factors.
Write creatively for different audiences and purposes.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

 

Assessment

The A Level is assessed via two written exams and a coursework (or Non-exam Assessment) folder:

Paper 1 –  Telling Stories - 3 hours, 40% of A Level.
Section A explores anthology texts on the theme of Paris, and students write a comparative essay.
Section B is an extract based essay on the novel Frankenstein.
Section C is an essay on poetry by Carol Ann Duffy or John Donne.


Paper 2 Exploring conflict - 2 hrs 30 mins, 40% of A Level.
Section A is creative writing and a commentary in response to the novel The Kite Runner.
Section B is an essay on Shakespeare’s Othello.
 

Non-exam Assessment – 2500-3000 words, 20% of A Level. This is an individual investigation that explores a theme in a literary and a non-fiction text. Students choose their own texts and theme.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is a respected subject, valued by universities and employers alike. Opportunities available to you following this course are career paths in publishing, journalism, advertising, librarianship, plus media and communication roles.

 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Ms L Procter on 01664 504750,  email contactus@mv16.org.uk or visit our website www.mv16.org.uk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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