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English Language and Literature - A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is about the integrated study of Language and Literature. You will study
how English is put together (syntax and grammar), the changes that have taken place in the language over the past 600 years, and how we adapt our spoken language depending on who we are with, where we are, and what we are talking about. You will also explore how writers from different centuries express ideas about a range of themes. You will apply your knowledge of grammar and syntax to your readings of plays, novels, autobiography and poetry. You will study spoken language by looking at spontaneous speech and the language of performance texts. Through individual research and reading, group work and whole class discussion you will develop your oral, reading, writing and thinking skills. We also organise workshops, lectures and visits to theatres, cinemas and other places which will enhance your understanding of the course.

 

Course content

This course is about the integrated study of Language and Literature. You will study
how English is put together (syntax and grammar), the changes that have taken place in the language over the past 600 years, and how we adapt our spoken language depending on who we are with, where we are, and what we are talking about. You will also explore how writers from different centuries express ideas about a range of themes. You will apply your knowledge of grammar and syntax to your readings of plays, novels, autobiography and poetry. You will study spoken language by looking at spontaneous speech and the language of performance texts. Through individual research and reading, group work and whole class discussion you will develop your oral, reading, writing and thinking skills. We also organise workshops, lectures and visits to theatres, cinemas and other places which will enhance your understanding of the course.

Entry requirements

This course would suit those students who enjoyed both Language and Literature
texts on their English GCSE course. You must enjoy reading widely as well as
discussing and writing about your ideas. You will need six full GCSEs at grades A* to
C, including English Language.

Assessment

At AS Level you are assessed by two end of year exams. Section A of the first exam
is a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text whilst section B is examined
on a piece of creative writing and a commentary. Section A of the second exam is a
question on post-1900 drama whilst section B is a question on a non-literary text
study; both of these are open book.

Future opportunities

A qualification in English Language and Literature is extremely valuable for training
and employment in any field and for admission to any degree course. On this course,
you will develop your communication skills to a high level which is particularly
valuable for jobs within the professions, such as Teaching, Management, Law and the
Media.

Further information

Contact Name: Marion Boughton Curriculum Leader - English, MFL & ESOL
Contact Email: MBoughton@jcc.ac.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ENAS-DJE118
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
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      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
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