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A Level English Language and Literature at Saint Gregory's Catholic College

Course description

This course involves students interpreting, analysing and commenting on a diverse and thought-provoking range of both literary and linguistic texts, including novels, plays and poetry. In addition to responding independently to texts in a technically accurate way, students will get the chance to write creatively, inspired by the writers they are studying. The course offers students the opportunity to study a rich variety of literary genres, as well as improving speaking and listening skills and developing personal qualities.

Course content

Core Content:

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts.

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

  •  The study of Voice in Speech and Writing: An Anthology which includes examples of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century.
  •  The study of a core drama text.

Assessment: Externally assessed unit. A written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level).

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

  •  The study of a wide range of non-fiction texts on a chosen theme.
  •  A comparative study of one prose fiction anchor text and another text (prose, poetry or drama).

Assessment: Externally assessed unit. A written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level).

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts.

The study of two texts (one fiction and one non-fiction) related to a chosen topic.

Assessment: Students will produce two assignments (20% of A Level).

  •  Two pieces of original writing, one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction writing (1500- 2000 words).
  •  Two analytical commentaries reflecting on the writing produced (1000-1250).

Entry requirements

Students will be interested in exploring and developing their interest in both literature and language. They are keen to explore language, style and issues within fiction and non-fiction, written and spoken texts. They will have at least a grade C in GCSE English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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