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English Language and Literature AS/A level

Overview

The course allows students the opportunity to study authors from a range of cultural backgrounds, texts from different times and a variety of literary and non-literary forms. At the same time, students will develop their own interests and be given the tools to craft their own creative pieces.

Course Outline

One year AS course with the opportunity to continue onto A level to complete a two year course.

AS

  • Component one: Voices in speech and writing (Anthology)
  • Component two: Varieties in language and literature (Novel and Poetry)

A level

  • Component one: Voices in speech and writing (Anthology) + drama text (assessed at A level standards)
  • Component two: Varieties in language and literature (Novel and Poetry) (assessed at A level standards)
  • Coursework: Investigating and creating texts.

Assessment

AS Level

Component 1 (50 %) Exam: 1hr 30 minutes

Component 2 (50%) Exam: 1hr 30 minutes

A level

Component 1 (40%) Exam: 2hr 30 minutes

Component 2 (40%) Exam: 2hrs 30 minutes

Coursework 20%

Examining Board

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Special Entry Requirements 

Grade B or above in either GCSE English Language or English Literature.

AS grade to continue onto A level TBC.

Career Opportunities

Having A level English language and literature as a subject can offer you a host of employment opportunities, as well as giving you a distinct advantage when applying to universities. Having a qualification in A-level English is advantageous in any career before you even start it, as a well-written CV and cover letter can often make the difference between you and another candidate.

Almost any career can be accessed with A-level English, however career opportunities that require an English A-level include journalist, columnist, screenwriter, editors and teaching, with several other careers, particularly in the media and publishing industries, where having an A-level English is a huge advantage.

Teaching Methods

Each week you will be timetabled for eight periods of 60 minutes each.

We teach this subject in a variety of ways including:

  • Group discussion of interpretations and evaluations.
  • Reading literary and non-fiction texts.
  • Student Presentations
  • Note taking
  • Visiting speakers

You will be expected to undertake extensive independent reading and complete an independent study skills booklet.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)