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AS & A Level English Language and Literature at Cleeve Park School

Course description

AS: The AS English Language and Literature specification draws on the academic field of Stylistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course which brings together literary and non-literary discourses. This course integrates literary and linguistic fields via shared concepts about the way language choices create representations, both in literary and non-literary texts: words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. This course differs from that focused primarily on literature by extending its coverage beyond literature to explore differences and similarities between literary texts and others.

The key areas of learning embedded in the course (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 AS students from a mixed ability range and help them to develop the key critical, creative and analytical skills required both for progression to higher education and for enhanced employability.

Regarding individual units of study, 'Views and Voices' focuses on how and why views and perspectives of different kinds are shaped and used in narratives, and how language choices help to shape the representations of different worlds and perspectives. 'People and Places' retains this focus on language choices (which pervades the course) but looks at how these choices help to shape the representations of a place, along with different perspectives. In this way, the course is designed to fit within a continuum of study from GCSE to degree level.

A2: This course offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently 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 course – the representation of place, point of view and genre in prose, the forms and functions of poetic voice, the role of the individual in society, conflict in drama, creative transformations of texts, researching and writing – will effectively engage A-level students from a wide ability range and help them to develop the key critical, creative and analytical skills required both for progression to higher education and for enhanced employability. The focus of learning is also guided to some extent by the set text choices, which have all been chosen for their accessibility and position as ideal vehicles for the application of students’ knowledge across these key areas.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above (B Grade desirable) in English Language GCSE

Assessment

  • Paper 1 - 2.5 hour exam - 40% (Language, the individual and society)
  • Paper 2 - 2.5 hour exam - 40% (Language, Diversity and Change)

Coursework:

  • Language Investigation (2,000 words) & Original Writing and Commentary (1,500 words)
     

Future opportunities

English Language A Level is a key asset if you are interested in any career that involves written and spoken communication and a comprehensive grasp of the English language.

English is the number one language in the world of business and
knowing how to convey your thoughts effectively and having the skills to understand nuance and subtleties in English can set you apart in the jobs market. An English A Level can also be essential for entry to many university courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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