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English Language and Literature at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

This course has been designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, enabling you to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work.

You will study four texts covering drama, poetry and prose by writers such as Arthur Miller, Carol Ann Duffy, Margaret Attwood and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A variety of assessment styles are used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allowing you to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research

Course content

AS course content

Paper 1: Views and Voices (50% of AS/75 marks)

Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices Assessed by a closed book written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes Section A – Imagined Worlds One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks) Section B – Poetic Voices One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks)

Paper 2: People and Places (50% of AS/75 marks)

Remembered Places and Re-creative Writing Assessed by a closed book written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes Section A – Remembered Places One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks) Section B – Re-creative Writing One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks) Critical commentary (20 marks)

A level course content

Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A-level/100 marks)

Remembered Places and Poetic Voices prose Assessed by a written exam: 3 hours Section A – Remembered Places. This section is closed book. One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks) Section B – Imagined Worlds. This section is open book. One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks) Section C – Poetic Voices. This section is open book. One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (25 marks)

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A-level/100 marks)

Writing about Society and re-creative writing based on set texts Assessed by an open book written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes Section A – Writing about Society. One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks) Critical commentary (30 marks) Section B – Dramatic Encounters. One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks)

Entry requirements

Grade C in both English Language and English Literature is recommended, a B grade in at least one of these subjects is preferred.

Assessment

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections (20% of A-level/50 marks)  

A piece of coursework (2,500 – 3,000 words) which is assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA. It is a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse

Future opportunities

All jobs are to do with communications and relationships. Analysing detail and organising ideas are crucial skills in many areas of work.

The study of English is recognised as not only furnishing students with skills in communication, interpretation and debate, it also provides a springboard into a wide range of university and career choices, including teaching, journalism, advertising and the public sector.

Further information

The course is a traditional style A level. It is assessed by means of exams which require you to write extended essays, and through the submission of a piece of coursework (2500 - 3000 words) which focuses on language use in different types of text, requiring you to make connections between a literary text and non-literary material.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2016
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