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A Level English Language and Literature at JCoSS

Course description

Do you enjoy studying both literary and non-literary texts, picking apart language in detail and transforming texts through your own creative writing? Then this is the course for you. English Language and Literature draws on the academic field of linguistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course. Using literary and linguistic concepts and methods you will analyse a wide range of texts in a range of modes and genres, gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. The skills involved will effectively engage students and help you to develop the key critical, creative and analytical skills required both for progression to university and for enhanced employability. We are offering AS and A Level courses in English Language and Literature which will be co-taught.

Course content

AS Level Paper 1:

Views and Voices (50% of AS mark)
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (closed book)
Section A - Imagined Worlds (30 % of AS mark) In this unit you will look at points of view and genre in narratives. You will study one prose text from the fantasy genre. Section B - Poetic Voices (20% of AS mark) In this unit you will explore the forms and functions of poetic voice through a selection of poetry by one set poet.

Paper 2: People and Places (50% of AS mark)
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (closed book)
Section A – Remembered Places (27% of AS mark) In this unit you will look at the representation of place using an Anthology entitled Paris, which places particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary texts.
Section B – Re-Creative Writing (23% of AS mark) This section of the exam will require students to adapt and shape original material from the Paris anthology into a new genre. It also requires students to write a critical commentary, evaluating their own writing.

A Level Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A Level)

Written exam: 3 hours (open book with the exception of the Remembered Places question which is closed book) Although this paper combines most of the AS content from Paper 1 and 2, the A Level paper requires a deeper application of knowledge and skills which is reflected in the question format and style. The re-creative writing section is not included in this exam.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A Level)
Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes (open book)
Section A – Writing about Society In this unit you will look at the role of the individual in society through the study of one prose text which will culminate in a re-creative writing task and critical commentary where you will evaluate your own writing.
Section B – Dramatic Encounters This section of the course explores a play with particular focus on spoken language in relation to positions of power.

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections (20% of A Level) Coursework: 2.500-3,000 words. This unit includes an independent investigation on a chosen theme or study of literary or linguistic feature in relation to a chosen text. Students will need to include research and relate their investigation to both literary and non-literary discourse.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course students need at least a B grade at both English Language and English Literature GCSE. The course demands good essay writing skills and a willingness to contribute to discussion. You will be expected to prepare aspects of the texts for presentation in class. You need to enjoy reading and be willing to read independently beyond the set texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JCoSS directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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