A Level English Language and Literature

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?
Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To embed topics and skills that students will come across at KS5 level and beyond in a supportive and creative environment.
To encourage students to have a passion and curiosity for learning. 
To develop students who are not afraid to fail – who dare to dream, and are equipped with the confidence and resilience they will need in order to be successful not only at KS5 level, but in their lives outside of school. 

WHAT WILL I STUDY AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
We cover a wide range of topics and skills over the course of the KS5 (AS and A Level) curriculum. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • Anthology of non-fiction and fiction texts

Paper 1
What's assessed
Remembered places – the representation of place
Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose
Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed
Written exam: 3 hours
100 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A – Remembered places
One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)
This section is closed book.

Section B – Imagined worlds
One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks)
This section is open book.
Section C – Poetic voices
One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (25 marks)
This section is open book.

 

Paper 2
What's assessed
Writing about society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Dramatic encounters – conflict in drama
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A – Writing about society
One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks)
Critical commentary (30 marks)
This section is open book.

Section B – Dramatic encounters
One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks)
This section is open book.

 

Non-examined assessment
What's assessed
Making connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Assessed
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA
50 marks
20% of A-level

Task
A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500–3,000 words)

Assessment for students in Y12 (AS) and Y13 (A Level) is by public examination in May/ June. The AS qualification is assessed by examination only – there is no coursework/ controlled assessment. The A Level qualification is assessed by examination (80%) and by Non Examination Assessment (coursework – 20%). 
Further information about these qualifications can be found on the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT
Students are recommended to attend every lesson equipped with at least one black pen, a ruler and a green pen. Coloured pens/ highlighters can also be useful.

DEPARTMENT FACILITIES
Students will spend the majority of their lessons in a classroom, although we try to build in opportunities to make use of other rooms/ facilities such as the Library, Drama Studio and computer rooms.

TRIPS AND VISITS
We aim to run one or two trips over the AS and A Level course, to broaden and enrich students’ experience of studying English Language and Literature at KS5 level.

 
WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Having a firm and secure grasp of the English language, and being able to confidently explore and engage with a range of literature texts from both the past and present, is of vital importance in our modern world. Students who work hard in their English lessons – whatever their starting point – will find that they develop not only a wide knowledge base, but also a variety of transferable skills that will serve them well wherever their future pathways lead. 

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