Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in both the literary and linguistic aspects of texts. Students will study two prose texts, a play, a range of unseen texts and an anthology of texts containing a variety of genres. Students will produce two original writing pieces with a commentary.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including work experience or Creative Writing society.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who;

  • Have an interest in grammar and how writers target specific audiences when producing particular genres is essential to the understanding of the course unit.
  • Have an interest in how both written and spoken language works
  • Enjoy reading books, watching and listening to films and plays
  • Are interested in how stories work
  • Are curious as to how writers use words to influence an audience
  • Enjoy reading various texts and analysing them closely
  • Are curious as to how language and social influences affect each other
  • Enjoy writing in a variety of ways, for a variety of purposes

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%). The Two Components are:

  •  Voices in Speech and Writing;
  • Varieties in Language and Literature.
 

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysing the creation of ‘voice’ in non-fiction anthology texts, and contemporary American drama.
  • Making links between texts and the contexts in which they were written or performed.
  • Creative writing skills for fiction and non-fiction genres.
  • Critical reading and annotation  behaviours
  • Essay writing
  • Effort
  • Resilience
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Literacy and oracy communication skills
  • Teamwork/groupwork
  • Self-motivation
  • Analysing the way in which ‘encounters’ are conveyed in unseen non-fiction texts, and in C20th prose and short stories.
  • Making links between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • Creative writing and commentary skills for fiction and non-fiction genres.
  • Paper 1: Refining the analysis of the creation of ‘voice’ in non-fiction anthology texts, and contemporary American drama. Paper 2: Refining the analysis of the way in which ‘encounters’ are conveyed in unseen non-fiction texts, and in C20th prose and short stories.
  • Developing the exploration of links between texts and the contexts in which they were written or performed.
  • Creative writing skills for fiction and non-fiction genres.
  • Responding to previous feedback in order to develop exam responses and NEA work.
 

Progression Routes

A Level

Course Leader:
David Green

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and Literature and an average points score of 4.6 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%).