English Language and Literature - A Level at City of Oxford College
Explore a range of writing, learn to write in different genres and develop the techniques of textual analysis in A-level English Language and Literature. Study is divided between literary texts - novels, drama and poetry - and non-literary texts such as newspapers, advertisements, speech and your own writing.
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.
You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
You follow the AQA specification.
First year (AS)
1. Unit 1: Exam – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (novel) and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (drama).
2. Unit 2: Exam – The representation of speech (unseen texts) and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Second year (A2)
3. Unit 3: Exam - Unseen analytical comparison of three texts and a production task linked to the study of a non-fiction text.
4. Unit 4: Coursework - Comparative analysis through independent study of a poetry text (Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time) and a prose or drama text (Graham Swift’s Waterland).
You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.
Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.
6 x C grades at GCSE including English
Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May and June. A range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments also help you to develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. An A-level in English Language and Literature allows you access to university to study a broad range of humanities subjects since the analytical and conceptual skills that you will acquire are transferable. English is a subject that is valued by universities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.