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English Language and Literature A level (Linear) at Dereham Neatherd High School

Course description

English Language and Literature is the study of how writers convey their ideas, messages and beliefs through the conscious crafting of language and the manipulation of linguistic techniques to achieve their intended effects. The study of writers’ style and techniques are then applied to students own creative work.

Having a multiplicity of uses, studying English Language and Literature develops students as independent, confident and reflective readers, while honing their skills of analysis and fostering creativity in their own writing. Students with an A Level in English Language and Literature have entered careers in journalism, the media, advertising, education, medicine and more.

English Language and Literature has long been a popular course at the college, studied by scientists, mathematicians and linguists alike. It is can be considered a more technical approach to the study of English and therefore appeals to a wide range of students.

Course content

At the start of the course you will learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of linguistic analysis so you can apply this throughout. This course will be examined at the end of two years. It is divided into three components:

Paper 1: Telling Stories You will learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told; evaluating how stories are told by drawing on knowledge of language, and considering why stories are worth telling, or valuable within society. You will study a range of text types based on the themes of: Remembered Places – the representation of place (Paris anthology); Imagined Worlds – the point of view and genre in prose (novel); Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice (selection of one poet’s works).

You will sit a three part exam based on the above texts worth 40% of your A Level.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict
Section A of this paper focuses on how language choices help construct ideas of conflict between, people, and between people and their societies. Drawing on your knowledge of the text studied you will produce re-creative work that centres on a previously absent or underplayed perspective in the original work. You will then evaluate your own work for linguistic and literary choices and their intended effect. In Section B you will study a play and focus on conflict within drama. You will sit a three part exam based on the above unit worth 40% of your A Level.

Non-Exam Assessment: Making Connections
This element of the course allows you to make active connections between literary and non-literary material, based on a chosen theme, idea or linguistic strategy. You will produce a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse. This area is non-examined and provides personalised and independent learning opportunities, as well as valuable chance to work on your academic research and writing skills. You will produce a 2,500-3,000 word essay on your chosen area of comparison. This worth 20% of your A Level.

Entry requirements

Minimum BBCCC including B in English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Neatherd High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

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