English Language and Literature AS/A2 Level at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College
We try to make lessons as interesting as possible because an interested learner is an effective learner! There's plenty of discussion - in pairs, in groups and as a whole class, and of course there's also lots of reading. We illustrate the texts we study by showing films that help you understand the contexts, and there are opportunities for acting and role play in the classroom. If you genuinely love reading, and are the sort of person who always has a notebook or a novel in your bag, then this course will be perfect for you.
This A level mixes a study of language and literature. For Unit 1, you study a novel and a play, 'Property' by Valerie Martin and 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams. This allows you to look at lots of different kinds of texts so you get a broad range of reading experience. The focus of this unit is the voice of the characters, textual analysis and your own writing skills. For the exam you are asked to write an analytical essay (40%) and complete a creative, production task (60%) – you choose which you do on which text.
In Unit 2, we look at the way voices are expressed in different kinds of writing. We study the play 'All my Sons' by Arthur Miller and analyse a range of transcripts and journalism. We compare different kinds of spoken texts and analyse our set text with reference to the representation of speech as well as exploration of stylistic and thematic issues. In the exam you are given two unseen extracts to compare (50%) and an extract from the set text to analyse (50%).
In the second year, you will write a 2,500 word coursework essay comparing two modern poets (Carol-Ann Duffy and Sylvia Plath) which counts for 40%, and the final exam (60%) tests all the skills you've learned, and is partly based on an anthology of women's journalism called 'Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs'.
For students with 5 A-C Grades at GCSE. Must include English for all subjects and Maths for Maths, Sciences, Economics and Psychology A-Levels
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