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English Language and Literature A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

English Language and Literature is a very popular ‘A’ Level subject nationally, and with good reason, as students already possess key skills
and an interest in the subject from Key Stage 3 and GCSE studies, but it also offers something significantly different from the ‘A’ Level English Literature course.
English Language and Literature at ‘A’ Level integrates literary and linguistic study, encouraging students to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts, considering the way language choices create representations but also encouraging students’ skills as producers and interpreters of language. Words create worlds, both in literature and beyond, and this subject offers the opportunity to explore this in depth.

Course content

Telling Stories
• Remembered Places – the representation of place.
Students study the AQA Anthology: Paris, exploring speech and other genres and studying linguistic and generic features, alongside narrative, representation and viewpoints in different time periods.
• Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose. Students study a prose text (Dracula, The Handmaid’s Tale or The Lovely Bones)..
• Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice.
Students study one of four poets from the AQA Poetic Voices Anthology
(John Donne, Robert Browning, Carol Ann Duffy, or Seamus Heaney)..
Closed book- Section A
Open book – Section B
3 hours
40% of A Level
Exploring Conflict
• Writing about Society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing
based on set texts. Students study a prose text (The Great Gatsby or The Kite Runner).
• Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Students learn how to write a critical commentary to evaluate their writing. They
explain their own language choices and analyse their intentions in reshaping the
writer’s original material.
• Dramatic Encounters – conflict in drama. Students study one of two drama texts
(Othello or A Streetcar Named Desire).
Open book
2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A Level
Making Connections
Students execute a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme of their choice, in both literary and non-literary discourse e.g. an exploration of the idea of character in literature and other texts or an exploration of speech features in literature and real-world communication.
Coursework – internally assessed
2500-3000 words in length
External moderation
20% of A Leve

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Further information

You will study four texts in preparation for the ‘A’ Level, together with further investigation of an anthology. You will also undertake your own independent investigation, reading and analysing a range of literary and real-world texts of your own choice, to complete a study for the coursework component.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2017