English Language A Level at Tollbar Academy
Students opting to study English in Year 12 and 13 choose between either AS Level
or A Level. Both paths will follow the AQA English Language and Literature course,
with all components involving integrated literary and linguistic study. There are two
examinations at the end of the AS award (1 year course) and two examinations plus a
personal investigation at the end of the A Level award (2 year course).
AS Level (1 year)
Component 1 - Views and Voices
This component has two sections and will focus on how narratives are constructed
and explore the role of narrative structures. It requires the study of a prose text from
a choice set by AQA and the study of a range of poetry, again set by the examination
board. Students will need to know both texts thoroughly and be able to analyse the
ways in which meaning is shaped in them, using literary terminology to support their
Component 2 - People and Places
For this component, students will study the AQA Anthology Paris as well as develop
their creative writing skills, linking to the texts from the Anthology. They will learn
to analyse and make connections between texts and will create non-fiction texts,
accompanied by written critical commentaries of their own work, considering
language choices and their effects.
A Level (2 years)
Component 1 - Telling Stories
The three sections of this component consist of the study of the AQA Anthology Paris,
a set prose text and a selection of poetry. Students will develop their analytical skills
by exploring contexts and connections across texts and responding to the fiction and
non-fiction texts studied throughout the course. They will learn to use appropriate
terminology and analysis in preparation for their final assessment.
Component 2 - Exploring Conflict
This component allows students to engage with a prose and a drama text. The prose
text will be used as a springboard for their own re-creative writing, accompanied by
written critical commentaries of their own work. The drama text, chosen from a range
set by AQA, will be studied and lead to the writing of a critical linguistic essay in the
Component 3 - Making Connections
For this component students will have the opportunity to undertake a personal
investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-
literary discourse. This will take the form of an independently prepared research
report, which students write during the course. The report will need to be accurate,
fluent and use coherent expression.
Students will require at least a grade B in GCSE English and at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature (if taken) to be able to access the AS and A Level courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tollbar Academy directly.