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English Language and Literature A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study a range of literary and non-fiction texts from different times including, six core texts. For example, you will analyse the language of spoken and digital texts, media texts as well as literary works. You will be helped to develop a variety of strategies for reading, including close detailed analysis and to explore similarities and contrasts between texts. You will also learn to produce texts of your own for different audiences and purposes, using a range of techniques. You will learn how to devise, draft and edit your own writing, and to evaluate how successful it has been.

Course content

Component 1: Voices in Language and Literature

As well as Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology (a variety of non-literary and digital texts), you will study one 20th century drama text for a 2 hour 30 minute examination. You will write a comparative essay on an unseen extract of 20th-21st century sources and a text form the anthology. You will also write an extract based essay on the drama text.

Component 2: Varieties in Literature and Language

You will study a wide range of non-fiction texts linked by theme, in preparation for analysing an unseen text in the exam. You will also write a comparative essay on two literary texts linked by theme. This 2 hour 30 minute exam is open book.

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts

You will study a literary and non-fiction text linked by topic and produce two pieces of original writing (fiction and non-fiction) and one analytical commentary reflecting on your studied texts and the texts you have created.

Entry requirements

To start any A levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements In addition there are the following subject specific entry requirements: you should have GCSE English grade C

Assessment

Exam Board – Edexcel

  • Component 1: Voices in Language and Literature - Examination (40%)
  • Component 2: Varieties in Literature and Language - Examination (40%)
  • Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts - Coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

A Level English Language and Literature is valued by universities and employers because it shows your ability to analyse and compare the language of a range of texts in detail, to adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes, and to evaluate the success of your own work.

It is an excellent basis for a range of degrees such as English, Journalism, Media, Communication Studies and Law, as well as in any job where the ability to understand and communicate effectively is valued.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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