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English Language and Literature

Entry requirements

5+ in both English Language and English Literature.

What will I study

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, the course will enable you to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and you will explore these links in your work. You will study a novel, an anthology of poems and a play as well as non-fiction and non-literary texts. You will apply methods of language analysis such as phonology and prosodics, lexis and semantics, grammar and pragmatics and discourse to your reading of texts. You will also compose your own creative writing and critical commentary.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit two written exams at the end of year 13, and this accounts for 80% of your overall grade. You will also write an independent non-exam assessment, worth the final 20%, in which you choose the texts to focus on.

Paper 1: Telling Stories  3 hours 40%

Section A – Remembered places (One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris) 

Section B – Imagined worlds (One question from a choice of two on prose set text such as  Frankenstein or The Handmaid's Tale.

Section C – Poetic voices (One question from a choice of two on poetry set text such as Carol Ann Duffy or Robert Browning. 

Paper 2 : Exploring Conflict    2 hours 40%

Section A – Writing about society (One piece of re-creative writing using set text such as The Great Gatsby or The Kite Runner plus writing a critical commentary) 

Section B – Dramatic encounters (One question from a choice of two on drama set text )

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections  20% (investigation on a chosen theme and texts)

Is this subject for me?

Students will have curiosity and enthusiasm for literary debate. They will probably be interested in many aspects of popular culture and like reading and producing their own creative writing but more than this, they will like thinking and talking about how writers have crafted their texts, through the ages, to convey their ideas.

Where can this lead me?

Students can progress to university courses following A-level English Language and Literature, and the qualification would stand you in good stead to take an English Literature or Language degree or degrees in journalism, philosophy, politics or creative media. 

Employment opportunities would be any career path that requires higher levels of communication, such as in the heritage sector; media; politics, teaching and publishing.

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