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English Language and Literature AS Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, these specifications enable students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and researchbased investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read
critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Course content

Paper 1: Views and Voices
Texts: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood* and a selection of Carol Ann Duffy poems from Mean Time*
Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose.
Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice.
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Section A – Imagined worlds
One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks)
Section B – Poetic voices
One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks)

Paper 2: People and Places
Text: Paris anthology*
Remembered places – the representation of place
Re-creative writing – adapting and shaping original material
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Section A – Remembered places
One compulsory question on the AQA
Anthology: Paris (40 marks)
Section B – Re-creative writing
One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks)
Critical commentary (20 marks)

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirements: Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Paper 1:
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Paper 2:
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Future opportunities

English language and Literature is a highly regarded qualification with many significant cross-over skills: encouraging articulate and fluent speakers, readers and writers; developing the ability to structure an argument. The course promotes independence and the ability to evaluate and analyse literary and linguistic features and concepts as well as explore the significance of a range of different contexts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilkley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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