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English Language and Literature A Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

This is a course for those who are interested in the English language and how it is used. On this course we investigate a variety of literary and non-literary texts and work out how writers’ achieve effects. This course is for those who wish to develop their skills in order to become critical, independent readers. Employers say that one of the most important skills they look for is communication skills – an A level in English Language and Literature will teach you not only how to communicate well through your own speech and writing but also how a wide range of writers communicate and exactly what they mean. 

The course specification is AQA. This is a two-year linear course with terminal examinations. 

Course content

You will learn in a variety of ways including group work, independent work and teacher-led lessons. As you move into Year 13 you will be required to undertake a coursework element which will require you to work independently with guidance and will enable you to follow your own interests and develop your skills. There is also a creative element to this course which will require you to show your understanding of how to manipulate the English language.

 

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above, this needs to include English. You will need to have excellent literacy skills and be willing to read the course texts in your own time.

Assessment

Paper 1: Telling Stories

What is Assessed

Remembered Places – the representation of place Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice Methods of language analysis are integrated into these activities.

Assessment

Written exam: 3 hours

100 marks

40% of A Level

Questions

Section A – Remembered Places

One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)

This section is closed book.

Section B – Imagined Worlds

One question from a choice of two on ‘The Lovely Bones’ This section is open book

Section C – Poetic Voices

 One question from a choice of two on Carol Ann Duffy poetry (25 minutes)

 This section is open book.

 

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

What is Assessed

Writing about Society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on the set text. Critical Commentary - evaluating your own writing. Dramatic Encounters – conflict in drama Methods of language analysis are integrated into these activities.

Assessment

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

100 marks

40% of A Level

Questions

Section A – Writing about Society

One piece of re-creative writing based on the set text (25 marks)

Critical commentary (30 marks)

This section is open book.

Section B – Dramatic Encounters

One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks)

This section is open book.

 

Non-exam Assessment: Making Connections

What is Assessed

Making Connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts. Methods of language analysis is integrated into this activity.

Assessment

Teacher assessed

50 marks

20% of A Level

Task

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary texts (2500-3000 words).

Future opportunities

One benefit of choosing to study English at A level is that it will be useful in whatever you choose to do in the future. It could lead to a career involving writing and communication; such as journalism, teaching or advertising. English is also useful in more science based careers where you will need to be able to read analytically and respond critically.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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