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English Language & Literature A Level at Herne Bay High School

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This new and exciting specification approaches the study of English through both literary and non-literary texts, encouraging students to engage both creatively and critically with a wide range of written forms. Students will explore both literary and linguistic concepts through analysis of texts from a variety of genres. They will also develop their skills as writers, both creatively and analytically. Much of the work is done through discussion seminars. Students will be expected to present prepared ideas to the class as well as take notes. Note taking and other organisational skills will be developed in order to prepare for both the coursework and examination assessments. In addition to the coursework assignments, essay writing techniques will be developed in readiness for the end of course examinations.

 

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of A*- C / 9-4. The course is open to students who have studied both GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature in Years 10 and 11. Students will need, ideally, to have gained at least a grade 5 across both these subjects. Students should also have gained a grade B/5 in either Geography, History or Religious Studies – Full Course

 

Assessment

Paper 1-Understanding Non-Fiction Texts

Students analyse two non-fiction texts and write a comparative essay. One is seen, one is unseen.

1 hour examination in summer term.

Value: 16% of A-Level.

2 - AS - The Language of Poetry and Plays

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of one poetry collection, exploring poetic and stylistic techniques, connections across poems, and contexts.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of one drama text, exploring poetic and stylistic techniques, connections across poems, and contexts.

1 hour 30 minute examination in summer term.

Value: 32% of A-Level

3 – A level - Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of one prose fiction text, exploring language choices, structure and context.

Students will write one narrative text in their exam, with an accompanying commentary.

1 hour 30 minute examination in summer term. Value 32% of A Level

4 - A Level Independent study: analysing and producing texts

Independent study: students will produce a comparative analysis of two substantial texts and original non-fiction writing.

Coursework Value 20% of A Level

 

Financial information

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Literature, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

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      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.