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English at Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What course units will I take?

AS Units 1&2

Unit 1 – Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing For Unit 1 you will sample a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including transcripts of conversations, radio broadcasts, TV chat shows, play extracts, novels, travel writing, electronic communication such as texts and e-mails, and poetry. You will study a novel or a collection of short stories. You will look at one aspect of its ‘voice’, and how this connects with your study of speech and writing in other contexts. You will examine how a writer creates individual voices and how these are used to engage and influence the reader. This means that you will learn about the differences between speech and writing; the features of conversation and scripted speech; how narrative voice is used in written and oral texts; and how distinctive voices are created in texts, for example, through the use of dialect.

Unit 2 Creating Texts The central focus here is on you producing two pieces of creative writing. One will be aimed at a audience will read, and the other will be something that an audience will listen to, such as an interview with a character from one of the texts studied. Your creative writing will grow out of your wider reading on a topic, and you have a completely free choice of texts to study, as long as one of them includes a piece of prose fiction, and either one play or poetry text. The emphasis is on your development as an independent reader, writer and thinker.

A2 – Units 3&4

Unit 3 Varieties in Language and Literature For Unit 3 you will read non-fiction prose from the late 18th century to the present day, analyse previously unseen non-fiction texts and study and compare two plays OR poetry collections.

Unit 4 Presenting the World Unit 4 is a coursework unit and builds on and extends your studies and reading from AS units. The unit is about your own independent research and reading around your chosen topic and will develop your skills as a writer.

Entry requirements

2 Years

Further information

You would normally be expected to have gained at least a B grade in your GCSE English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September