English Language & Literature
For more information contact Head of Department:
Ms G Higham - email@example.com
Brief introduction to subject:
This specification encourages candidates to:
- use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts;
- engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between texts;
- undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.
This one-year course can be taken as a fourth option in Year 12 to complement subjects such as mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.
English - Grade 5/6
Paper 1: Views and Voices
What’s assessed Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities Questions Section A – Imagined Worlds One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks) This section is closed book Section B – Poetic Voices One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks) This section is closed book Set Texts Include: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood Mean Time (Poetry Collection), Carol Ann Duffy
Paper 2: People and Places
What’s assessed Remembered Places – the representation of place Re-creative Writing – adapting and shaping original material Critical commentary – evaluating own writing Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities Questions Section A – Remembered Places One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks) This section is closed book Section B – Re-creative Writing One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks) Critical commentary (20 marks) This section is closed book Set Texts Include: Paris Anthology, AQA
Students who study English Language and Literature have access to a wide range of careers and higher education opportunities. They develop a range of skills, which are recognised and valued by both universities and employers. Studying English provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business, and it makes an important contribution to lifelong learning.