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English Language AS & A Level at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

We follows a one-year AS Level, followed by an additional year's study for A Level offered by OCR. This involves study and analysis of non-fiction texts, a novel, poetry and drama. There is also the opportunity to write creatively at AS and A Level: producing your own non-fiction and narrative texts respectively.

Course content

For AS Level you will study non-fiction in an anthology covering twenty texts as diverse as Samuel Pepys' Diary, Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal, Russell Brand's evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee and a BBC Newsnight interview with rapper Dizzee Rascal. You will also learn to produce your own non-fiction texts, as well as study prose, The Great Gatsby, and poetry by Seamus Heany. 

For A Level, and in addition to the texts studied for AS Level, you will study drama, A Streetcar named Desire, as well as learn how to write a narrative and analyse unseen non-fiction. You will also undertake a personal investigation based on one set non-fiction text and one own choice text for non-examined assessment (coursework).

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Grade 5/6 from English Language and Grade 5 from English Literature.

Route 2 - Grade 5/6 from English Language and Grade 5 from English Literature.

Route 3 - Not available

Assessment

Students will complete AS examinations in the summer of Year 12. Students will complete a coursework investigation and undertake A Level examinations at the end of Year 13.

AS Level

Component 1: Non-fiction written and spoken texts (Anthology Study)

Written paper: 1 hour 30 minutes - closed text, 50% AS Level

  • One question comparing two texts from the anthology
  • One piece of non-fiction writing

Component 2: The language of literary texts (Prose & Poetry Study)

Written paper: 1 hour 30 minutes - closed text, 50% of AS Level

  • One question analysing narrative techniques in an extract from The Great Gatsby
  • One question comparing two printed poems of a selection of fifteen poems by Seamus Heaney.

A Level

Component 1: Exploring Non-Fiction & Spoken Texts

Witten paper: 1 hour - closed text, 16% of A Level

  • One question comparing two texts - one from the anthology, one unseen.

Component 2: The Language of Poetry & Plays

Written paper: 2 hours - closed text, 32% of A Level

  • One question exploring set poetry by Seamus Heaney: one printed and one or two others from memory.
  • One question exploring the set play, A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 3: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader

Written paper: 2 hours - open book, 32% of A Level

  • One question on the language of set prose, The Great Gatsby
  • One piece of narrative creative writing and an associated commentary

Non-Examined Assessment (coursework):

Component 4: Independent Study: Analysing and Producing Texts

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in non-fiction texts based on one set text and one own choice text (20% or A Level)

Future opportunities

Those who study English at A Level have the possibility of embarking upon careers in the following areas:

  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Law
  • Teaching

English graduates can be found in many industries, in a variety of roles - from editor to academic and legal advisor to manager. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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