English Language and Literature AS/A Level

English Language and Literature AS/A Level

How do we tell stories? What happens when we break the 'rules' of English? How are the shifting values of modern Britain captured in modern drama? These and other questions will be key on this course, as you learn how to apply a stylistic approach to drama, prose fiction and poetry as well as non-literary texts (e.g transcripts of conversations), examining patterns of vocabulary and grammar. There are opportunities for original writing, including producing the opening of a story using a modern novel as a style model, and writing a piece of non-fiction (such as a newspaper column or a piece of satire). You will also produce a comparative essay on two texts, one of which will be non-fiction.

Entry requirements: A grade 4 in GCSE English Language and/or GCSE English Literature is recommended although a higher grade is strongly recommended for students who intend to take the subject to the full A level.

Course assessment: External exams and coursework.

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