A Level English Language and Literature
Six GCSEs 9-4 (or A*-C),Two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6 (or B)
GCSE English grade 9-5 is highly recommended
The course aims to develop skills of critical analysis and understanding of a wide range of written and spoken texts from a range of different time periods. You will study individual works of literature and develop understanding of the important links to their cultural, literary and social contexts.
You will develop your ability to respond to a wide range of different literary and non-literary texts: including poetry, novels, drama, travel writing, biographies, reports and speeches.
You will be assessed through class discussion, presentations, independent research and formal essay writing.
Poetry and Unseen text comparative
You will study an anthology that covers a range of poetry from the late-sixteenth century up to 1914. Alongside this you will be introduced to the analysis of a wide range of literary and non-literary texts and become familiar with the linguistic and literary analysis of language.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. This drama is a fascinating exploration of family tensions in 1950s America.
Non-Literary Texts: (open-book, clean copy)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This classic novel combines real events and fiction to dramatise a crime that shocked America in 1959.
Critical and Creative Genre Study Coursework
You will begin a study of the Gothic Genre, studying Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This will lead to an extended essay and two pieces of creative writing.
You will go on to study Atonement by Ian McEwan, Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare, Spoken Language analysis and further study of unseen texts.
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