This exciting new course developed in partnership with the English and Media Centre will encourage you to develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, English. You will develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. You will read and interpret a wide range of both literary and non-fiction texts, including spoken word scripts, comedy and biography. This course has a strong emphasis on your own creative writing.
At AS Level you will study 2 components:
- Component 1: Non-Fiction Written and Spoken Texts
You will focus on an OCR (EMC) anthology of spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts.
- Component 2: The Language of Literary Texts
You will focus on exploring the nature of narrative in one prose fiction text from a choice of six and exploring the poet’s use of language and techniques in one poetry text from a choice of six.
For the full A Level, you will build on the skills learnt at AS over Four Components, extending your literary and linguistic skills.
- Component 1: Exploring Non-Fiction and Spoken Texts
You will extend your focus on the OCR (EMC) anthology of 20 non-fiction spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts. You will complete comparative and contextual study based on the anthology and unseen texts.
- Component 2: The Language of Poetry and Plays
You will focus on the same poetry collection and one new drama text from a choice of six. You will explore the texts through stylistic and dramatic analysis.
- Component 3: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader
You will extend your focus on the nature of narrative in your AS prose fiction text. You will write as a reader and develop the understanding of narrative technique through a creative writing task (500 words) and a commentary (250 words).
- Component 4: Non-Examined Unit, Analysing and Producing Texts
Independent study allows you to pursue particular interests and develop your expertise through an analytical comparative essay on a set text from a list of 12 non-fiction texts and a second free choice text. One text will be post-2000. You will also produce a piece of original non-fiction writing.