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