Students opting to study English will follow the AQA English Language and Literature course, with all components involving integrated literary and linguistic study. There are two examinations plus a Personal Investigation at the end of the 2 year course.
Component 1 - Telling Stories:
The three sections of this component consist of the study of the AQA Anthology 'Paris', a set prose text and a selection of poetry. Students will develop their analytical skills by exploring contexts and connections across texts and responding to the fiction and non-fiction texts studied throughout the course. They will learn to use appropriate terminology and analysis in preparation for their final assessment.
Component 2 - Exploring Conflict:
This component allows students to engage with a prose and a drama text. The prose text will be used as a springboard for their own re-creative writing, accompanied by written critical commentaries of their own work. The drama text, chosen from a range set by AQA, will be studied and lead to the writing of a critical linguistic essay in the final examination.
Component 3 - Making Connections:
For this component students will have the opportunity to undertake a Personal Investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse. This will take the form of an independently prepared research report, which students write during the course. The report will need to be accurate, fluent and use coherent expression.
Component 1 (externally marked examination):
Students will be required to answer three examination questions. The first question will be an analytical essay question on extracts from the AQA Anthology 'Paris'. For the second question students will be expected to write an essay on a prose set text. This focuses on analysing ways in which meaning is shaped in texts, using literary terminology to support their analysis. The third question will focus on the poetry set text, where students will be expected to analyse poems, using terminology and coherent written expression and making connections between texts.
Component 2 (externally marked examination):
Students will be required to answer two examination questions. The first question will be to produce a re-creative writing task linked to a drama text studied in lesson, as well as a written critical commentary of students' own work, considering language choices made and their effects. The second question will ask students to write an essay on the drama text they have studied, exploring the way the representation of speech is used to present characters, assert power and create conflict.
Component 3 (non-examination assessment):
Students will be required to undertake a Personal Investigation which will answer one question on two texts, one literary and one non-literary. Students will be expected to make links between the texts. They will have free choice of questions, but each question must be approved by the tutor. The question should focus on challenging issues.
Students will have access to all text resources and materials at the College. A pre-reading list will be available for students to prepare themselves for the course ahead. A list of study aids will also be provided.
Students focusing on qualifications featuring English and English Literature may choose to follow a number of career paths. Those with degrees in English and/or English Literature find opportunities with many different employers, notably publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, teaching, the media and journalism. The retail, leisure and tourism industries, as well as local/national government agencies and the legal profession, typically recruit graduates who have degrees in this subject area.
Students will require a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature to access this A Level course.