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English Language and Literature at Downham Market Academy

Course description

Two year A level courses in English Language and Literature will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, developing learners’ ability to apply and integrate linguistic and literary approaches.

A level studies must extend these studies in breadth and depth, further developing learners’ techniques of analysis, evaluation and production of texts.

Course content

Component 1: Poetry and Prose

Written Examination: 2 hours

30% of qualification

  • Section A: Poetry (open - book, clean copy) One question from a choice of two based on the WJEC English Language and Literature Pre - 1914 Poetry Anthology plus an unseen text published post - 1914
  • Section B: Prose (open - book, clean copy) One question from a choice of two, presented in two parts, based on the reading of a prose fiction text from a prescribed list

Component 2: Drama

Written Examination: 2 hours

30% of qualification

  • Section A: Shakespeare (closed - book) One compulsory extract - based task and one essay question from a choice of two based on the reading of a Shakespeare play from a prescribed list
  • Section B: Post - 1900 Drama (closed - book) One question from a choice of two based on the reading of one play from a prescribed list.

Component 3: Non - Literary Texts

Written Examination: 2 hours

20% of qualification

  • Section A: Comparative analysis of spoken non - literary texts Comparative analysis of three unseen spoken language non - li terary texts
  • Section B: Non - literary text study (closed - book) One two - part question based on the reading of a non - literary text selected from a prescribed list

Component 4: Critical and Creative Genre Study

Non - Exam Assessment, 3200 - 3500 words

20% of qualification

  • Section A: Genre Study A critical and sustained study of a prose genre
  • Section B: Related Creative Writing Two writing assignments (one literary/one non - literary)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downham Market Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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