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English Language and Literature A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Component 01: Exploring Non-Fiction and Spoken Texts
Comparison of two non-fiction texts from the anthology (see AS Component 01). 1 hour exam, 16% of A-Level

Component 02: The Language of Poetry and Plays
Students will explore one poetry collection from a choice of six (currently William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience) and one drama text from a choice of six, through stylistic and dramatic analysis. 2 hour exam, 32% of A-Level

Component 03: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader
Students will explore the nature of narrative in one prose fiction text from a choice of six. Writing as a reader develops the understanding of narrative technique through a creative writing task (500 words) and a commentary (250 words). 2 hour exam, 32% of A-Level

Component 04: Independent Study: Analysing and Producing Texts
Students complete an analytical comparative essay on a set text from a list of 12 non-fiction texts and a second free choice text. One text must be post-2000. Students also produce a piece of original non-fiction writing. Coursework, 20% of A-Level: The course will give students a chance to enjoy non-fiction texts and literature from a range of time periods and develop students’ critical and analytical skills about reading and writing. It is important that students enjoy reading widely and like discussing their interpretations of texts with others. Working with texts over time involves looking at ways in which writers and speakers shape meanings within their texts. But it is also important that texts are interpreted by readers now and that multiple interpretations are possible. Discussion and debate are therefore essential skills to be developed alongside a perceptive analytical approach.

Future opportunities

A-Level English Language and Literature provides an excellent platform for careers in journalism, the media or advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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