Group work – discussion
Paper 1 – Language and the Individual
- Analysis of two texts on a common theme, focusing on meanings, representations and contexts.
Paper 2 – Language Varieties
- A discursive essay about language diversity (gender, occupation, dialect)
- A directed writing task about attitudes to language.
Paper 1 – Language, the Individual and Society (40%)
- Analysis of two texts on a common theme (one is an older text) using the concepts for language analysis.
- Discursive essay on children’s language development.
Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change (40%)
- An evaluative essay on diversity or change. This explores debates about social attitudes to language and includes topics such as gender and dialect.
- An analysis of how two texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions.
- A directed writing task.
Coursework – Language in Action (20%)
- A language investigation exploring and analysing language data independently.
- A piece of original writing and commentary.
This course offers clear skills progression from GCSE with exciting text and data-based sources of language in its various forms and contexts. The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. Career opportunities: Print journalism, public relations, teaching, the media (TV & radio), the civil service and publishing.
Component 1: Drama
“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare and “A Street Car Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.
Component 2: Prose
Two texts studied on the theme of “Colonisation”: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain and “The Lonely Londoners” by Sam Selvon”.
Component 3: Poetry
Studies will be based around a collection of modern poetry (post 2000) and romantic poetry.
Component 4: Coursework
Free study of texts.
A unit of work on Gothic fiction will be studied to support this. Texts read will include “The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks and “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley.
Group work – discussion
All assessments will be completed in the summer of Year 13.
Component 1 – written 2 hour examination (open book)
Component 2 – written 1 hour examination (open book)
Component 3 – written 2 hour examination (open book)
Component 4 – coursework assignment of 2500 – 3000 words
The course will stimulate your enthusiasm for the study and enjoyment of literature whilst developing your skills of critical reading, writing and communication. Career opportunities: Law, teaching, management, journalism and media. English Literature is a facilitating subject for the Russell Group universities.