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A Level English Language and Literature at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

English at A Level is one of the most important, fulfilling and enjoyable courses on the curriculum. Our students do very well and take home grades they will be proud of for a lifetime. But more than this, our students learn to communicate, to enquire, to explore and to challenge the world around them via a journey through some of the greatest texts ever written.

We believe in the potential of our students to succeed and thrive in their study of English. We offer a rich and exciting course that will provide students with the tangible skills required to function in an ever changing world. We will ensure our students are encouraged to express themselves creatively and we will celebrate their identity.

Course content

This course provides a variety of opportunities to explore the relationship between language and literature through the study of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Students also develop their own creative writing in coursework assignments.  The course is taught in 4 units – 2 Year 12 and 2 in Year 13.

Year 1:
ELLB 1: This unit is examined. Students are required to study an anthology of non-fiction texts throughout the year and compare two of these texts in the exam. This question is followed by a question based on an exploration of an unseen text.
ELLB 2: This is the coursework unit. Students write two assignments: Part A, an analytical investigation comparing how a set theme is presented in two novels; Part B, a creative piece based around the set theme explored in Part A.

Year 2:
ELLB 3: This unit is examined. Section A of the exam asks students to explore how talk is crafted in a set text that they have studied over the year, and Section B requires students to respond to talk in an unseen transcript of spontaneous talk and compare it to the crafted talk of an unseen literary text.
ELLB 4: The coursework in Year 13 is very popular with the students. They are asked to write two creative pieces that they transform from two texts of prescribed authors of their choice. A written commentary accompanies these pieces in which they justify their decisions in the creative process.

Entry requirements

In order that students have full access to everything we study and that they enjoy the course, we ask that they have a B grade in their GCSE English Language and Literature. We do accept C grades on the course, as long as it comes with a strong reference from their English teacher. Further, it is preferable that they have completed the double course at GCSE, although this is not an essential requirement.


Further information

We ask that students come equipped with an open mind, a desire to read and a keenness to develop their independent study skills. The course is a busy one, so sticking to deadline and regular attendance are a must. We have a good track record of ensuring students are challenged and a high percentage achieve A and A* grades; these students enjoy debate, discussion and wider-reading as suggested by our dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

More than just the classroom
The high percentage of A and A* grades in English at Tretherras is down to the students’ desire to succeed, their love for the subject that develops over the course, and their commitment to progressing. Added to this are dedicated staff who have superb subject knowledge and keep the students’ success at the centre of all they do. Staff are available after school and in lunch times and work with small groups of students, often offering one-to-one sessions, in order to ensure students are motivated and progress rapidly.

Nowhere do the students fall more in love with literature when they can see it and feel it. As such, we aim to take the students on a variety of theatre trips and we often welcome guest writers and poets in to work with our students. We have arranged for students to be guests at Cambridge University, even having sample lectures in a variety of English courses and many of our students choose to study English at degree level and beyond.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newquay Tretherras School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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