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English Language and Literature A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

Do you have imagination? Do you enjoy reading and analysing a text? Then you will enjoy A Level English Language and Literature. A Level English is exciting and challenging – and given a lot of credit by universities and employers. A Level English Language and Literature will give you the skills you need to meet the demands of any university or job where you need to read and/or write and will open your mind to new ideas.

Through the exploration of a range of exciting texts by a variety of authors, including Daniel Defoe, Raymond Chandler and (of course!) Shakespeare, you will analyse the impact of language within literature - and within life itself. You will have the opportunity to study major prose genres, including literary non-fiction, and develop your understanding of a writer’s craft. You will also have the opportunity to express your innovative side with the creative writing and text transformation coursework. You will learn to produce a variety of texts and develop your own writing style.

Course content

Your first A- Level year (AS Year) will involve:

  • Introduction to Language and Literature Study – 1hr 45 minutes written examination (60% of AS/30% of A Level). Two questions – one on an unseen text related to the theme in the given AQA anthology and one on the anthology itself
  • Themes in Language and Literature – coursework unit (worth 40% of AS/20% of A Level). Two-part assignment on a chosen pair of texts - one analytical and one creative.

Your second A-Level year (A2 Year) will involve:

  • Talk in Life and Literature 2 hour written exam (30% of A Level). Two questions – one based on an extract from a prescribed play and one requiring comparison of unseen texts.
  • Text Transformation – (20% of A Level). Coursework unit – folder of transformed texts with commentary.

Entry requirements

You will need to have five or more A*- C grades at GCSE and you will need to have achieved a B grade or above at GCSE English Language (although students with C grades will be considered on their merits). You will also need a genuine interest and excitement for the subject and a willingness to commit significant independent time and effort to the reading and production of high quality work.

Future opportunities

University, employment – it looks great on your CV even if you choose not to continue the specific study of English. Jobs could include; journalism, law, teaching, marketing/business and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years