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English Language and Literature at The Regis School

Course description

English Language and Literature is a course which integrates literary and linguistic study. The course is accessible and stimulating and allows students to engage with a wide variety of spoken and written texts. The course is challenging and takes students beyond the levels expected in Language and Literature study at GCSE level, encouraging independence in analysing and commenting on texts.

For students who are aiming towards Higher education, this is a course which provides them with a firm foundation for their future studies. Students are also provided with opportunities to respond creatively to texts combining examinations with coursework.

Course content

Year 12

Component 1 Exam – Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts

Students will study an anthology of 20 non-fiction and spoken texts from a range of time periods. They will explore connections between the texts, learn how to apply linguistic methodology, learn how language choices and context effect meaning and consider the effect on the intended audiences.

Component 2 Exam – The language of poetry and plays

Students will study one poetry collection and one drama text. They will learn to apply a range of linguistic and literary approaches to poetic study and explore dramatic techniques such as paralinguistic features, soliloquy and dramatic irony.

Year 13

Component 3 Exam – Reading as a writer, writing as a reader

This component looks at narrative in prose fiction. Students will study one prose fiction text, using literary, linguistic and contextual skills as an aid to interpretation. They will also produce a short piece of original creative writing.

Component 4 Non Examined Assessment (Coursework) – Independent study: analysing and producing texts

The NEA component requires students to write a comparison of two non- fiction texts and a piece of original non-fiction writing. In this component the students will have a free choice of text and subject matter.

Entry requirements

A very good C grade in English Language at GCSE level, but preferably a B grade


Component 1: A one hour written paper (closed book) comparing one text from the OCR anthology and an unseen text. Both texts are printed in the exam paper. (Worth 32 marks or 16% of the total A level)

Component 2: A two hour written paper (closed book) in two sections. Section A compares one poem from the collection (printed in the exam paper) with one or two others of the student’s own choice. Section B is comprised of one question on the studied play. (Worth 64 marks or 32% of the total A level)

Component 3: A two hour written paper (open book) in two sections. Section A is comprised of one question on an aspect of narrative in the chosen text. Section B requires a short, original narrative plus a commentary. (Worth 64 marks or 32% of the total A level)

Component 4: NEA. There are two tasks: a 1500-2000 word comparative essay and 1000-1200 word original non-fiction text with a 150 word introduction. (Worth 40 marks or 20% of the total A level)

Future opportunities

Degrees in English Language, Literature, Media, Law, Journalism, General BA degrees...and many more. Careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism/media, writing, editing/publishing, business (e.g. Human Resource Management), Sociology, Psychology... English Language and Literature is a sought after component for many degree courses and career paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017