English Language and Literature

A Level

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English Language and Literature, A-Level AF-ENLLAL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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This course combines analytical study of literature, non-fiction and spoken texts. It is the perfect choice for you if you have an interest in literature but would also like to study aspects of language in more depth. You will study a wide range of literary texts such as “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker and a play by Shakespeare, for example, 'Othello'. You will also analyse non-fiction texts and spoken language. The coursework offers you the chance to focus on a literary genre such as Romance and then produce your own original writing in response.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include a grade 5 for GCSE English Language.

You will study the following:

  • an anthology of stimulating and exciting pre-1914 poetry
  • a mid-20th century play by Tennessee Williams – ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ – and a 1980s novel by Alice Walker – ‘The Color Purple’ – both about the social problems of the American Deep South
  • a play by Shakespeare, ‘Othello’, a tragedy very relevant to our world today
  • a non-fiction journalistic text by Truman Capote – ‘In Cold Blood’ – and the spoken word, broadening your study of how we use language to communicate
  • a coursework folder consisting of a study of novels in the Romance genre, leading to a critical essay and two creative pieces inspired by them.

Lesson activities are wide-ranging: from debates to drama based interpretations to detailed analysis and feedback, using Google Classroom; to student based presentations on extracts and context, through to creative responses like wall displays and of course creative writing, required for the coursework unit.  We also organise where possible a range of trips to see performances and to develop an understanding of context.

20% course work, 80% exams.
Three exam papers: Poetry and Prose; Drama; Non-fiction

Purchase of set texts (prescribed editions) £30.
Optional trips from £20 each.

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

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Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

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