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English Language And Literature - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

Language lives – and so is liable to change and variation.

Have you ever wondered why your grandparents don’t understand your language? Or, why the language in some books seems so different? Have you ever wondered about the ‘rules’ of conversation? During this course you will start to answer these questions.

On this course we look at words and the meanings beneath: how the context from which language arises is so important and how language can be used to inflame, persuade or inspire in ‘real life’ and in literature.

Such a course can lead to a range of possibilities – courses to do with Social Sciences, various English courses, Marketing, Journalism or any employment that needs highly developed interpersonal and communication skills. The more informed we are about language the more we can contribute to society.

Students need to be self-motivated and be prepared to carry out independent research from a range of sources. Because of the nature of the course it is almost impossible to ‘catch up’ by copying up notes so attendance is vital to success.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 Introduction to Language and Literature study

Looking at a range of texts and analysing in appropriate linguistic terms with emphasis on comparison. Texts range from formal literary texts to transcripts of spontaneous speech. 1hr 30mins  60% AS Level -  30% A Level

Unit 2 Themes in Language and Literature

Coursework based around the reading and comparison of 2 texts. Two part assignment and one task is around a given theme. Includes a piece of creative writing related to the theme.  40% AS Level - 20% A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 Talk in Life and Literature

Analysis of forms of speech including dialogue in literature, technological language, spontaneous conversation, and use of language for dramatic effect. 2 hours  30% of A Level

Unit 4 Text Transformation

Candidates study 2 literary texts and transform them into different genres and viewpoints.  20% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-C achieved in GCSE English Language and English Literature is required.

Ability to engage in independent study and with an interest in how language works.

An Interest in reading is important. Being prepared to participate in discussion and lessons is of paramount importance.

Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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