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GCE English Language & Literature

Awarding Body : OCR

Overview of the course

MyChainReaction ProjectA Level English Language AND Literature will offer you opportunities to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. Using literacy and linguistic concepts and methods, you will analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. You’ll develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts yourself and critically reflecting on your own processes of production.

Students will study an AS qualification for one year and then, if successful, continue to an A Level qualification in the second year.

Course Entry Requirements

Learners will be expected to have secured 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be GCSE English or English Language at grade B or above.

Content and Assessment: AS

Component 1: Non-fiction and Spoken Texts

What’s assessed:

Component 01 focuses on an OCR (EMC) anthology of spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts.

Closed text 50 marks

Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2: The Language of Literary Texts

What’s assessed:

Component 02 focuses 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.

Closed text 50 marks

Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes

Content and Assessment: A Level

Component 1: Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts

What’s assessed:

Component 01 focuses on an OCR (EMC) anthology of 20 non-fiction spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts.  Comparative and contextual study based on the anthology and unseen texts.

Closed text 32 marks

Written paper: 1 hour

Component 2: The Language of Literary Texts

What’s assessed:

Component 02 focuses on one poetry collection from a choice of six and one drama text from a choice of six.  Exploration of the texts through stylistic and dramatic analysis.

Closed text 64 marks

Written paper: 2 hours

Component 3: Reading as a writer; writing as a reader

What’s assessed:

Component 03 focuses on exploring the nature of narrative in one prose fiction text from a choice of six.  Writing as a reader develops the understanding of narrative technique through a creative writing task (500 words) and a commentary (250 words).

Open text 64 marks

Written paper: 2 hours

Non-exam assessment: Independent Study

What’s assessed:

Independent study allowing learners to pursue particular interests and develop their 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 must be post-2000.

Learners also produce a piece of original non-fiction writing.

Non examined assessment: 40 marks

Career links

Studying A Level English Language and Literature requires a significant commitment. You will develop your analytical skills and your ability to craft real-life texts. Your study will equip you for study in higher education or for a wide range of apprenticeships positions. In particular, careers including marketing, human resources, public relations, education, journalism, media and law.

Reference Documents

AS Level English Lang & Lit Long Term Plan

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 1 Final RevisionTerm 3to1

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 1 Section A Term 1to2

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 1 Section A Term 2to2

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 1 Section B Term 2to1

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 2 Final RevisionTerm 3to1

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 2 Novel Term 2to1

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 2 Poetry Term 1to1

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Component 2 Poetry Term 1to2

AS English Lang & Lit SoW Introduction Term 1to1