Grammar School

ENGLISH A LEVEL and IB

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Examination Board: AQA

Course Tutors:          Miss E Duarte, Mrs V Langlois, Mrs E Stumpf

Costs: Students are asked to purchase their course texts for the purpose of meaningful annotation. These cost about £7 each on average although some are cheaper due to direct ordering.

AS Level

Course outline:   AS courses will encourage students to develop their ability to use linguistic and literary-critical concepts and analytical frameworks in commenting on a wide range of spoken language and written texts. Students should become confident and reflective readers who can relate to literary and non-literary texts and to the contexts in which they were produced.     

There is no coursework unit.

Teaching and Learning Styles:   Teachers adopt a variety of methods to convey both the enjoyment of texts and the skills which students must acquire in order to succeed. This includes textual study and analysis, DVDs where appropriate, the use ICT provision, hand-written essays and many others. Ability to use the resources of the library is desirable. Students should be prepared to contribute orally and take an active part in the lesson.

Units: 1 Views and Voices

The unit requires candidates to study a prose text and a selection of poems from one of four poets in the ‘Poetic Voices’ Anthology.

2 People and Places

This unit gives candidates the opportunity to study major prose genres, including fiction and literary non-fiction contained within the Anthology.

The aim of this unit is to develop candidates’ reading and writing skills through the in-depth study of writers’ crafting.

Assessment: Through two examinations in June.

Units: 1 1 hour 30 minutes written examination - 50% of AS Level marks.

One question on prose text (closed book)

One question on ‘Poetic Voices’ from the Anthology.

2 1 hour 30 minutes written examination - 50% of AS Level marks

One question on ‘Remembered Places’ from the ‘Paris’ Anthology (closed book).

One piece of re-creative writing based on the extract provided in Section A.

A positive attitude to reading is essential.

Examinations in June.

A2 Level

Course outline:   The A2 course will encourage students to develop the skills acquired during their AS studies and they will be expected to be able to take a degree of responsibility for their own learning. They will broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding and they should be increasingly able to evaluate different analytical approaches to textual interpretation.

A coursework unit is included.

Teaching and Learning Styles:   Teachers will expect students to be able to undertake a certain amount of directed, independent study and to have a genuine interest in their texts. Some teachers may employ a lecture style in some lessons by this stage and students will be familiar with a range of approaches involving group work, student led lessons, discussions, ICT initiatives, wide research and many more.

Units: 3 Telling Stories

Students will study a range of linguistic and generic features through their reading and analysis of the AQA Anthology: Paris and the chosen prose text.

4. Students will learn about the ways in which writers and speakers use language through their study of a chosen drama text.

5. Students will undertake a personal investigation that looks at a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse.

 

Assessment: By coursework (Unit 5) and modular examinations (Units 3 and 4)

Units: 3 3 hour written exam: 40% of total A Level.

Three questions: one based on extract from AQA Anthology; one based on the prose text (open book) and one on a choice of poetry set texts.

4. 2 hour 30 minutes written exam: 40% of total A Level

One piece of re-creative writing and a commentary.  One question on drama set text (open book).

5. One piece of written work (2,500 – 3,000 words): 20% of A Level.

It is highly recommended that students undertaking A2 courses have proven skills at GCSE and AS courses in English and are willing to read books and newspapers as part of their independent study.

Examinations- Units are completed in June

 

 

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Examination Board: AQA

Course Tutors: Mrs S Crisp, Miss V Crisp, Ms E Beardsell, Mrs E Stumpf, Mrs J Macgregor

Costs: Students are asked to purchase their own course texts for the purpose of meaningful annotation. These cost about £7 each on average although are often cheaper due to direct ordering.

AS Level

Course outline:  Students are encouraged to develop an interest in and enjoyment of literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically. They will be introduced to the traditions of English Literature and wider reading may include literature in English from outside the UK and literature in translation.

Teaching and Learning Styles:  Teachers adopt a variety of methods to convey both the enjoyment of texts and the skills which students must acquire in order to succeed. This includes textual study and analysis, DVDs where appropriate, ICT provision, hand-written essays, Google Docs and many others. Ability to use the resources of the library is desirable. Students should be prepared to contribute orally and take an active part in the lesson. They may also be expected to take a leading role in the direction of the lesson either in opening discussion or by reporting back on issues raised.

Preparation for Paper One: Study of two texts; one Shakespeare play and an AQA Anthology.

Paper Two: Unseen prose texts and comparison of prose texts.

Assessment: By examination

Paper One: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes closed book, 50 marks, 50% AS.

Paper Two: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes open book, 50 marks, 50% AS.

Note: A considerable amount of reading is required on this course, not only of set texts but also around the subject

Examinations: June.

A Level

Course outline:   A2 courses will broaden and deepen the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the AS modules. Students will be encouraged to explore comparisons and connections between texts and to appreciate their place in literary chronology. They will be expected to be able to research either in the library or on the Internet and to take some responsibility for their own learning.

Teaching and Learning Styles:   Teachers adopt a variety of methods to convey both the enjoyment of texts and the skills which students must acquire in order to succeed. This includes textual study and analysis, hand-written essays and many others. Ability to use the resources of the library is desirable. Students should be prepared to contribute orally and take an active part in the lesson. They may also be expected to take a leading role in the direction of the lesson either in opening discussion or by reporting back on issues raised.

Paper One: Study of 3 texts: one Shakespeare play, one prose and one poetry.

Assessment: Written exam; 3 hours, open book Section C only, 75 marks and 40% of A Level.  Exam will include two unseen poems.

Paper Two: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to present day.

Study of 3 texts; one prose, one poetry and one drama with one text written after 2000.

Assessment: Written exam; 2 hours 30 minutes, open book, 75 marks, 40% of A Level.

Coursework: Free choice of texts.  Comparative critical study of the two texts, at least one which must have been written pre-1900 - one extended essay 2500 words and a bibliography.  50 marks, 20% A Level.

Note: a considerable amount of reading is required both of set texts and around the subject.

Examinations:  June


 

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