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English Language & Literature

English Language and Literature (AQA)


In this course, students explore the stylistics of the texts and the way in which meaning is shaped at both literary and linguistic levels. Students should consider this A Level if they enjoyed the analytical elements of their English Language GCSE and, also, have an interest in unpicking the ways in which meaning is produced at a micro level.


The A Level course is structured as follows:


Unit 1: Telling Stories (3 hour examination) 40%
- Remembered Places: analysis of non-fiction about Paris
- Imagined Worlds: Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’
- Poetic Voices: poems from Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Mean Time’


Unit 2: Exploring Conflict (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40%
- Writing About Society: recast an episode of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and write a commentary that explores your approach
- Dramatic Encounters: Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’


Unit 3: Making Connections (non-exam assessment) 20%
- An independent research task, where students explore a literary and non-literary text, exploring the ways in which authors construct meaning whilst questioning the nature of ‘literariness’.

 

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