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English Language & Literature

A-Level

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the study of English Language and Literature as an integrated discipline. Students are allowed to gain greater confidence in handling both spoken and written English through the study of the spoken word, literary and non-literary texts. Essentially, students will develop their own abilities as users of English.

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.

In addition to this, Accrington Academy’s English Department gives you the chance to study in a friendly, supportive environment with teachers who personalise your learning to enable you to succeed.

Year 1

 Telling Stories

  • Remembered Places – the representation of place
  • 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

Year 2

Exploring Conflict

  • Writing about Society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts
  • Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
  • Dramatic Encounters – conflict in drama
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections

  • Making Connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Year 1

 Telling Stories

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Year 2

 Exploring Conflict

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections

  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A-level
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English Language & Literature Staff

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Mrs A. McDonald

Mrs A. McDonald

Teacher of English

I love to read! Whether it’s Victorian Literature or an article online. I think the English...

Mrs A. McDonald

Mrs A. McDonald

Teacher of English

I love to read! Whether it’s Victorian Literature or an article online. I think the English Language is fascinating and I always wanted to find out more about it. My favourite topic to teach is poetry, as I like to show that poetry is not so difficult to understand and is full of information to analyse. I like my lessons to be full of discussion and creativity.

Mrs V. Lane

Mrs V. Lane

KS5 Strand Leader English

I have had a passion for English for as long as I can remember! It is the subject that always came...

Mrs V. Lane

Mrs V. Lane

KS5 Strand Leader English

I have had a passion for English for as long as I can remember! It is the subject that always came naturally to me and teaching others felt like the perfect way to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I am definitely a logophile (a person who loves words) and therefore enjoy reading texts and analysing their purpose, as well as the effect they have on readers. My students joke that I could analyse anything… and I often do. I struggle to choose a favourite book, however I love teaching texts that grip my students. For example, “Blood Brothers” (which never fails to entertain), “The Lovely Bones” (that shocks you in the opening pages) or “Touching the Void” (that leaves you gripping your chair in suspense). I feel it’s important to suit the needs of my students and therefore strive to make my lessons engaging and varied- One day you could be literally building paragraphs (I’m a fan of Duplo), another quizzing each other on what you’ve learned and the next you could be enacting a play or novel… The options are endless.

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Students achieving A Level grade A* - C

Studying English has influenced my choice of degree. I originally wanted to study Theatre; however after studying ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ this year, I have fallen in love with scripts and am now researching degrees in screenwriting. In addition to this, my studies have broadened my interests. I am now part of the Senior Student Executive team working on the Academy magazine and marketing.

Tamsin Hartney

FORMER SIXTH FORM STUDENT

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