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English Literature & Language at Notre Dame High School

Course description

English Literature & Language

(AQA, specification A, “ELLA”)
This course is the precise study of how language works, in a full range of texts from Shakespeare and poetry, to journalism and TV scripts, to speeches ranging from chatting to Churchill.
AS Unit 1 – This involves “Writing in the Voice”, showing textual understanding by bringing to life a character from the text in a new situation. There is also textual analysis of a second literary work. The coming year’s texts can be confirmed at Induction.
AS Unit 2 – Study of Speech. This involves the study of 2 unseen speech texts – planned and
spontaneous, and also the study of how speech is created and used in a novel to convey character and theme.
A2 Unit 3 – This exam combines AS skills with new ones. A full range of unseen texts may be set as the basis of a 3-way comparison across genres; this is an excellent chance to display a range of sharp skill and inspiration. There is also a task requiring professional writing skills, along with a commentary in which your own writing is the subject of analysis!
A2 Unit 4 – Coursework. This is an extended comparative essay exploring a chosen theme in two major writers, for example Blake and Shakespeare.

How it is assessed

2 Exam sittings
(AS=50% of total A Level)

40% Coursework
60% Exam sitting

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years