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English is considered a core skill by both universities and employers.

Description
A Level English Language & Literature

Course code: 9EL0

Delivery method: Classroom / Online and Paper Based

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: English GCSE or equivalent

Award achieved: Pearson Edexcel A-Level English Language & Literature

Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel

English Language and Literature at Castle School, combines both the literary and linguistic sides of English. English is considered a core skill by both universities and employers. This A-Level shows analysis, creative thinking, in-depth research techniques, and reading comprehension.

Overview / Skills

During this A-Level English Language and Literature course you will explore voices in speech, varieties in language and literature while studying classics authors like Arthur Miller, Emily Bronte and Oscar Wilde.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by Pearson Edexcel) you will have achieved an internationally recognised Pearson Edexcel A-Level English Language and Literature.

  • Developing an enthusiasm for English language and literature

  • Use the concepts learned in a variety of contexts

  • Develop a critical and enquiring approach to the study of English language and literature

  • Engage creatively with a wide range of texts

  • Develop skills as a producer and interpreter of language

  • Develop the ability to study independently and over a sustained time period

Course outline

You must sit two examinations and submit a piece of coursework

Paper 1: Voices in speech and writing
This paper consists of two section. It’s open book so you can take a clean copy of the prescribed text into the exam

Section A: Voices in the 20th-21st Century Text

One essay question on an unseen extract selected from 20th and 21st century sources one text from the anthology

Section B: Drama Texts

One extract based essay on the chosen drama text;

Exam length: 2 hours, 40% of A-Level, 8 questions (You answer 2) 50 marks, 25 for each section

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature
This paper consists of two section. It’s open book so you can take a clean copy of the prescribed text into the exam

Section A: Unseen Prose Non-Fiction Texts

One essay question on an unseen extract of non-fiction prose from a choice of four. The unseen extract is linked to the study theme.

Section B: Drama Texts

One comparative essay question from a choice of four on one prise fiction anchor text and the other from a theme

Exam length: 2 hours, 40% of A-Level, 8 questions (You answer 2) 50 marks, 25 for each section

Paper 3: Coursework Investigating and Creating Texts
The coursework component consists of two assignments

Assignment 1: Two pieces of original writing, one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction wiring

Assignment 2: One analytical commentary reflecting on your studies texts and the two original writing pieces you have produced

20% of the A-Level (60 Marks, 36 for Assignment 1 and 24 for Assignment 2)