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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

Paper 1: Views and Voices

  • 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

Paper 2: People and Places

  • 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

Year 2

Paper 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

Paper 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

Paper 1: Views and Voices

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 50% of level

Paper 2: People and Places

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 50% of level

Year 2

Paper 1: Telling Stories

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

Paper 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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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

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