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A Level English Language and Literature

Examining Board: Edexcel
Next Examination Period: May / June 2020
Exam Specification Code: 9ELO
Coursework Element: Yes
Practical Element: None
Course Fee Includes: Online course materials and tutor support. Additional materials available at extra cost.
Fast Track Option: Fast Track English Language and Literature A Level

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.

Introduction

Welcome to the English Language and Literature A Level course.

This qualification aims to provide an integrated approach to studying literary and linguistic texts. Students will study a wide range of spoken, written and multi-modal texts seen to demonstrate ways of constructing meanings through language.

As observers, readers and writers, students will be inspired by learning about spoken and written language from real and imagined worlds and they will engage with the craft of writing to create their own texts.

The course should encourage students to develop their interest and enjoyment in English as they:

– Use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts.
– Engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between texts.
– Undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

GCSE English Language

A-Level English Language & Literature Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level English Language & Literature programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

A-Level English Language & Literature Course Duration

2 years.

Study Hours Required

Approximately 350 hours.

Awarding Body

Pearson Edexcel

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.

Examination Information

Students are required to arrange and pay for their A-Level English Language & Literature examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.

 

A-Level English Language & Literature Course Content

A-Level English Language & Literature A Level Unit 1: Voices in Speech and Writing Section A: Anthology Text

For Component 1 Section A candidates study:
Voices in Speech and Writing anthology.

In this unit, you will be required to show knowledge and understanding of:

– Use a range of techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of texts for various audiences and purposes.
– Explore connections across a wide range of literary and non-literary texts.
-Identify and describe how meanings and effects are created and conveyed in texts.
– Show knowledge and understanding of the ways in which texts relate to the contexts in which they are produced and received.
– Show awareness of the different language levels, as appropriate, drawn from: phonetics, phonology and prosodics, lexis and semantics, grammar and morphology, pragmatics and discourse.

 

A-Level English Language & Literature A Level Unit 2: Voices in Speech and Writing Section B: Drama Text – All My Sons

For Component 1 Section B candidates study:

The set play, All My Sons.

In this unit, you will be required to show knowledge and understanding of:

– Use a range of techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of texts for various audiences and purposes.
– Explore connections across a wide range of literary and non-literary texts.
– Identify and describe how meanings and effects are created and conveyed in texts.
– Show knowledge and understanding of the ways in which texts relate to the contexts in which they are produced and received.
– Show awareness of the different language levels, as appropriate, drawn from: phonetics, phonology and prosodics, lexis and semantics, grammar and morphology, pragmatics and discourse.

 

A Level Unit 3: Varieties in Language and Literature Section A: Love and Loss – Unseen Prose Fiction.

Component 2: Varieties of Language and Literature carries 40% of the total GCE marks.

In this unit you will build on responses to non-fiction made in Unit 1 and develop the ability to:

– Appreciate how context, audience and purpose may shape a text.
– Analyse writer’s use of form, structure and language.
– Identify the attitudes, values and ideas presented by a reader or speaker.
– Plan and write critical responses.

 

A-Level English Language & Literature Unit 4: Varieties in Language and Literature Section B: Love and Loss – Tess of the D’Ubervilles

In this unit, you will be required to show knowledge and understanding of:

– Use a range of techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of texts for various audiences and purposes.
– Explore connections across a texts.
– Identify and describe how meanings and effects are created and conveyed in texts.
– Show knowledge and understanding of the ways in which texts relate to the contexts in which they are produced and received.
– Show awareness of the different language levels, as appropriate, drawn from :phonetics, phonology and prosodics, lexis and semantics, grammar and morphology, pragmatics and discourse.


A-Level English Language & Literature Unit 5: Varieties in Language and Literature Section B: Love and Loss – Metaphysical Poetry

In this unit, you will be required to show knowledge and understanding of:

– Use a range of techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of texts for various audiences and purposes.
– Explore connections across a texts.
– Identify and describe how meanings and effects are created and conveyed in texts.
– Show knowledge and understanding of the ways in which texts relate to the contexts in which they are produced and received.
– Show awareness of the different language levels, as appropriate, drawn from :phonetics, phonology and prosodics, lexis and semantics, grammar and morphology, pragmatics and discourse.

A-Level English Language & Literature Unit 6: Investigating and Creating Texts: The Kite Runner and Band of Brothers

Investigating and Creating Texts (9EL03 Themed Coursework): Literature of Conflict

This unit is the coursework component of A Level English Language and Literature. It will build on and extend upon your prior study. The emphasis in this unit is on your ability to carry out your own independent research around a chosen topic which will then allow you to develop your skills as a writer.

This unit carries 20% of the total GCE marks. There are 60 marks available for the folder; 36 marks for the original writing and 24 marks for the commentary.

There are two assignments – Assignment 1 requires the production of one piece of fiction and one piece of non-fiction writing, Assignment 2 requires an analytical commentary reflecting upon the stimulus texts and the writing produced from these. The total word count is 2500-3250 words; this equates to 1500-2000 words combined total for the original writing texts; 1000-1250 words maximum for the commentary. Assignment 1 assesses AO5, Assignment 2 assesses AO1, A02, AO3 and AO4.

This unit is designed to help you:

– Consolidate your knowledge of literary and linguistic devices by reading widely within a topic are that you have selected or devised.
– Use reading as a stimulus for the creation of own texts.
– To produce a folder of 2500-3250 words containing:
A.One piece of literary writing
B.One piece of non-fiction writing
– One analytical evaluative commentary.

The coursework unit is awarded through internal assessment. For distance learners, this unit will be assessed at the centre which is hosting your examinations. Some centres may apply an additional marking fee.

It is important to note that although the marks are confirmed by the examination board in June, you must submit the course work portfolio in good time for thorough assessment to take place. This will usually entail submission to the examination centre in late March/ early April of the certification year. You will need to consult your individual centre to confirm their preferred deadline.

 

A-Level English Language & Literature Assessment Overview

This unit is assessed by internal assessment, as outlined in the introduction. You are becoming more independent as a learner and this unit provides you with opportunities to make your own choices and follow your own interests. You will be expected to find reading resources yourself as part of the expectation of A Level study.

Technically there is a free choice of literary and non-fiction texts. You must choose one substantial fiction or non-fiction text as your core text which will be studied in detail. As a distance learner, the learning materials will provide a model pathway using The Kite Runner and Band of Brothers as the core texts. Should you have clear alternative texts in mind, you will have the support of your tutor in evaluating the suitability of your choices

Your tutor will support you with your task formulation and give you guidance with appropriate topics and ideas. To comply with the specification, your reading must include one core fiction text and one core non-fiction text to provide a foundation for your writing. Suggestions for additional or alternative texts will be made throughout the unit. As with unit 3 unseen prose, it is advised to read a wide range of genres and texts written for various audiences and purposes.

 

Additional Information

Please find below the Set Texts required for the course:

Ambrose, S. Band of Brothers. Pocket Books: London, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0743429900.

Burrow, C. (ed) Metaphysical Poetry: Penguin Classics: London, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0140424447.

Hardy, T. Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Penguin Classics: London, 2013. ASIN: B00E32H9J6.

Hosseini, K. The Kite Runner. Bloomsbury: London, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1408824856.

Miller, A. All My Sons. Penguin Modern Classics: London, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0141189970.

Students will also use the Edexcel Voices in Speech and Writing Anthology to prepare for the examination. This will be provided free of cost by Pearson Edexcel. Students can apply for these directly from the exam board, or ask their exam centres to order a copy for them when registering for the examinations.

Progression

Our A-Level English Language & Literature programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table

A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16

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