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ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description

AIM OF THE COURSE The course aims to encourage you to study language and literature as interconnecting disciplines. You will develop your ability to use linguistic and literary-critical concepts and analytical frameworks in commenting on a wide range of spoken language and written texts.

Course content

YEAR 12 SUMMARY – AS qualification

Remembered Places – Exam worth 50% of AS Level In this component, you will develop your close reading and analytical skills by studying an anthology of non-fiction texts about the diverse and romantic city of Paris. You will learn a new, analytical language, enabling you to write about a range of texts. You will also have a go at writing non fiction yourself.

Views and Voices – Exam worth 50% of A Level For ‘Views and Voices’, you will study two texts – a novel, such as Atwood’s dark, dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale and a selection of poetry by a poet such as Carol Ann Duffy or Robert Browning. You will learn about why writers make the choices that they do to make their work effective, for example, which settings, points of view and narrative voices they use and why they do so.

YEAR 13 SUMMARY – A Level qualification

Telling Stories: Exam worth 40% of A Level In this component, you will develop the work completed at AS level. You will consider how writers produce prose fiction, poetry and non-fiction in a variety of forms. You will focus on settings, voices and genre and how they are used to tell stories.

Exploring Conflict: Exam worth 40% of A Level In this unit, you will explore how a prose author such as Khalid Hosseini creates and uses conflict in The Kite Runner. You will be asked to write creatively about this novel. You will also consider how dramatists create conflict through speech. You might study Shakespeare’s passionate Othello or Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Coursework Investigation: 20% of A Level This component is your opportunity to be more independent. You will complete a formal investigation, for which you will be required to gather data (with the guidance of staff) and learn about a topic that really interests you. You might like to look at how writers present fiction and non-fiction events differently or how speech is used differently in different contexts.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an A*- C grade in at least 5 subjects at GCSE level and Bs in English Language and Literature.

Future opportunities

As a subject concerned with communication and the ability to analyse and develop ideas in detail, an AS or A Level in English is useful for progression in a wide variety of careers including: journalism, teaching, acting, law, the Civil Service, occupational therapy, Human Resources, speech therapy, writing, media and advertising. However, the skills based approach means that it is a useful and valuable subject to have studied prior to a huge range of degree courses and careers, including those that you might not automatically expect!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September