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  • A-Level English Language & Literature

    English Language and Literature 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.

    • Course Description

      A Level English Language & Literature

      Course code: NALV05

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: English GCSE or equivalent

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

      Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel

      The first time this exam can be taken is 2017, if you are looking to take your A-Level sooner please check out our Fast Track A-Levels.

      English Language and Literature 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.

    • English language & literature course overview

      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.

      Skills gained

      • 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 ad 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)

      Course content

      Unit 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

      Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology

      Arthur Miller, All My Sons

      Unit 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

      Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

      Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

      Unit 3: Coursework

      Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

      Wendy Jones, Grayson Perry: A portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl

      Assessment

      The Pearson Edexcel A-Level English Language and Literature qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework. These exams are administered by the Pearson Edexcel and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently only available in paper-based format.

      We will send a study pack to you by courier, including your course materials and a study guide to help you through the student process.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Your tutor marked assessments are only accepted online, rather than by post.

      Tutor support

      Our A-Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it.

      You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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