English Literature AS/A2 Level Qualification

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2015!

AS / A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (COMBINED)

This brand new combined Language and Literature A level will follow on perfectly from the Year 10/11 GCSE Language/Literature courses. The course itself is currently being accredited by the exam body Ofqual and will ready for first teaching in schools from September 2015.

While we have not decided upon our set texts yet, here is an overview of the course and a taster of the texts we will be choosing from:

Edexcel Level 3 AS Level English Language and Literature (one year course)

  • Two external examinations in May/June (begins 2016):
  • Component One: The study of a range of 20th and 21st Century non-literary and digital texts using a prepared anthology Voices in Speech and Writing. The anthology contains interviews, podcasts, blogs, screenplays and travelogues.
  • Component Two: One compulsory set novel and one other literary text selected from a chosen theme. The list of compulsory texts includes modern and classic novels such as Great Expectations, Enduring Love, Birdsong, Wuthering Heights and Dracula while the other texts include Shakespeare plays, Chaucer and a wide range of poetry collections by authors such as Larkin, Plath, TS Eliot and Heaney.

The students will benefit from:

Small groups taught in a ‘university’ tutorial style with the emphasis on independent learning and informal sharing and discussion of ideas.

Teaching that is shared between two tutors to offer a breadth of experience and teaching styles.

Regular assessments and feedback to enable them to progress and develop the more sophisticated analytical skills necessary at this level of study. (Please turn over for details about the two year A level course).

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Edexcel Level 3 A Level English Language and Literature (two year course)

  • Two external examinations in May/June (begins 2017):
  • One coursework unit (worth 20% of the final grade)
  • Component one (exam): Study of the anthology Voices in Speech and Writing (see AS course) and one drama text from a prescribed list. This drama text includes well known classics such as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House and The History Boys as well as modern plays such as Top Girls and Equus.
  • Component Two (exam): One compulsory set novel and one other literary text selected from a chosen theme. (The selection is the same as for the AS course).
  • Component Three (coursework): Students are offered a free choice of two texts on their own chosen topic as long as the texts have not been studied elsewhere in the course. The student can pursue their own interests, writing two original assignments which must include one piece of fiction (e.g. a short story, monologue, radio play or fictionalised diary entry) and one piece of creative non-fiction (e.g. article, travel writing, biography extract, or review).

These assignments will be accompanied by reflective commentaries that evaluate their research/sources and the language/style choices made in their drafting process.

The students will benefit from:

Small groups taught in a ‘university’ tutorial style with the emphasis on independent learning and informal sharing and discussion of ideas.

Teaching that is shared between two tutors to offer a breadth of experience and teaching styles.

Regular assessments and feedback to enable them to progress and develop the more sophisticated analytical skills necessary at this level of study.