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English Language and Literature A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

This course offers opportunities for you to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. Using literary and linguistic concepts and methods, you will analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity.

You will develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts and critically reflecting on your own processes of production. The key areas of learning are – the representation of place, point of view and genre in prose, the forms and functions of poetic voice, the role of the individual in society, conflict in drama, creative transformations of texts, and researching and writing

AS level

Paper 1: Views and Voices

  • One compulsory question on poetry set text

Paper 2: People and Places

  • One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris
  • One piece of re-creative writing
  • Critical commentary

A level

Paper 1: Telling Stories

  • One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris
  • One question from a choice of two on prose set text
  • One question from a choice of two on poetry set text

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

Section A – Writing about Society

  • One piece of re-creative writing using set text
  • Critical commentary
  • One question from a choice of two on drama set text

Section B

  • A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse.

The English Language & Literature specifications have not been accredited by Ofqual and have recently been returned to exam boards for further review. They will be subject to further change and schools will decide the course or courses to be offered once final specifications are available. The existing AQA specification is being studied by current Year 12 & 13 students. The above details have been extracted from the AQA proposed new qualification specification to give you a broad understanding of the likely course content.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years