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English Language and Literature A Level at Lampton Academy

Course description

The AS level:

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing: the study of an anthology of a variety of digital and non-literary texts.

  • Written exam, closed book: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS level
  • Section A – Creation of Voice: one text transformation response to one text from Voices in Speech and Writing:
  • Section B – Comparing Voices: one comparative essay question on one unseen extract selected from 20th- or 21st century texts and one text from the anthology

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature: Society and the IndividualStudy of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald + Othello by William Shakespeare OR Great Expectations by Charles DickensAssessment: Open book – clean copies of the prescribed texts can be taken into the exam.

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks, 50% of AS level

The A level:

Paper 1:  Voices in Speech and Writing The AS Anthology PLUS a modern drama text such as Streetcar Named Desire studied at A2, 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Open book – 40% of total A level

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature: Society and the Individual

  • Comparative essay on the texts studied at AS level
  • PLUS an essay question on  Unseen Prose Non-fiction Texts on the same theme
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Open book –  40% of total A level

PLUS Coursework assessment: Investigating and Creating Texts. Students study a chosen topic (free choice):

  • Two texts relating to their chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text
  • They produce two pieces of creative writing plus a commentary
  • Internally assessed – 20% of total A-level

Entry requirements

A*-C in English Language and English Literature GCSEs – one of these grades must be at B or above.

Future opportunities

The knowledge gained of a range of literary and linguistic approaches and applications complements study of other subjects at A-Level while also preparing you for the rigours of English studies at degree level. This is recognised as a demanding academic subject by both universities and future employers in areas such as teaching, public relations, social work and research. Did you know that Joan Rivers, Renee Zellweger and Stephen King are all English graduates?

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years