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English Language & Literature AS/A2 Level AQA at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

A Level English Language and Literature Spec B AQA

Course content

What does the course include?
These new courses offered by AQA which we are offering at Churchdown afford you the
opportunity to study both a range of literature and language units in an integrated way. This
course has been offered by AQA with the first exams taking place for AS in the Summer 2016. We
currently offer two novels as part of the imagined worlds unit; ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret
Atwood and ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold. This course is perfect for students who enjoy
creative writing, being analytical and who have a love of reading.
At AS Level, there are two papers that you will sit, both papers are marked out of 75 marks and
are worth 50% of the course; they each last 90 mins
Paper 1: Views and Voices
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
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 the extract provided in Section A (15 marks)
Critical commentary (20 marks)
Both of the AS examinations are closed book.
At A2 there are two papers and a non-exam assessment (NEA) element which is much like
coursework, but with a different name! Both exams are worth 40% and the NEA is worth 20%.
Paper 1 - Telling stories: (100 marks)
Section A - Remembered Places:
One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks, closed book)
Section B - Imagined Worlds:
One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks, open book)
Section C - Poetic Voices:
One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (25 marks, open book)
Paper 2 - Exploring conflict
Section A - Writing about Society:
One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks, open book)
Critical commentary (30 marks)
Section B - Dramatic Encounters:
One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks, open book)
Non-Exam Assessment (NEA): A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or
theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500 - 3,000 words).

Entry requirements

Pathway 1: 4 A levels

•        5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Future opportunities

Where could this course lead?
 
Everywhere! This course is the perfect foundation for a variety of courses but it does, in particular, fit readily with subjects such as History, Philosophy, Media, Art and Design and Drama.
 
As English acts as a facilitating subject for university, you are well placed to apply for a variety of courses and will be well equipped for any career that requires good spoken and written communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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