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English Language and Literature A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Padworth College

Course description

This specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts. Using literary and linguistic concepts and methods, students analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. Students develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production.

The key areas of learning embedded in the specification – the representation of place, point of view and genre in prose, the forms and functions of poetic voice, and creative transformations of texts – will effectively engage students and help them to develop key critical, creative and analytical skills.

Course content

Paper 1 Telling Stories

  1. Remembered Places – Students study the AQA Anthology: Paris. The anthology includes a wide range of text types with a particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary material. This section is of paper 1 is closed book.
  2. Imagined Worlds – Students study Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. In this part of the subject content, students explore the imagined world of this text and analyse the language choices made by the writer in order to study the following: point of view, characterisation, presentation of time and space/place and narrative structure. This section is open book.
  3. Poetic Voices – Students study poems from either John Donne or Robert Browning. Students explore and analyse: the presentation of time: understanding the past, the importance of place: locations and memories and their effect on individuals. This section is open book.

Paper 2 Exploring Conflict

  1. Writing about Society – Students study ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini and explore the ways the writer presents people and uses situations of conflict to express ideas about societies and their values. In addition, students shape the original material into their own creative piece.       This section of paper 2 is open book.
  2. Dramatic Encounters – Students study one play, exploring the ways that conflicts are presented. As part of their study, students analyse areas relevant to the study of drama and dramatic discourse, including how playwrights: represent natural speech features and use language to create distinctively different characters. This section of paper 2 is open book.
  3. Making Connections – This part of the subject content focuses on language use in different types of text. It is called ‘Making Connections’ because it requires students to make active connections between a literary text and some non-literary material. Students’ work will be assessed by the production of an investigation of 2,500-3,000 words in length.

Entry requirements

Students must have an acceptable level of English language understanding (at least GCSE English grade C or equivalent) as written essays are a major part of assessment.

Financial information

Fees may be charged for this course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Padworth College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016
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