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English Combined at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy

Course description

Course content:

AS level units 

Unit 1 - Introduction to the Study of English Language and Literature  The basis of study for this unit will be a thematically linked anthology of short texts, issued free to all centres.  Candidates will answer two questions; one based on unseen texts that also mirror the anthology theme; one based on the candidate’s own choice of texts from the anthology. 

Unit 2 - Themes in Language and Literature  Students study a pair of thematically linked set texts, chosen to represent significant changes and developments within a genre.  Students submit two pieces of work; a critical response designed to enhance their understanding of the writers craft and (ii) a creative response to one or both of the set texts.

A2 level units: 

Unit 3 - Talk in Life and Literature  Students’ understanding of the ways in which meanings are constructed, conveyed and interpreted both in real life speech and in literary texts. This will be the focus of the examination paper.  Question 1 will be based on one extract from each of four set plays. Question 2 will require candidates to compare two thematically linked texts; one a transcript of naturally occurring speech, the other an extract from a literary work. 

Unit 4 - Text Transformation  For this unit students are required to produce one or two original pieces of writing based on two literary texts (or extracts there from) chosen from lists of prescribed authors.  The piece(s) of writing must be such as to demonstrate some new perspective on, insight into or interplay with the source or base text(s) and must be accompanied by a reflective commentary.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above including a C in English Language and Literature. You should preferably have an A or B grade in either or both English subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years