St John Plessington Catholic College


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A Level - Level 3

This subject is offered as an A Level course over two years.

Do you enjoy reading and writing independently, away from your college studies? Above everything else, this is the sign that you will enjoy and be successful at A Level English, whether you choose Literature or Language and Literature Combined.

On this course you will combine the study of literary texts with the study of language and linguistic techniques to better understand how writers construct and convey meaning and how in turn readers develop an understanding of a text. You will create your own writing pieces, but also you will read and write about some classic works of literature. If you love to read and enjoy producing your own writing then this course will allow you to showcase your abilities at the same time as experiencing texts across a wide range of genres.

Assessment Objectives

  • AO1 - Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using associated termnology and coherent written expression.

  • AO2 - Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts.

  • AO3 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are produced and received.

  • AO4 - Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods.

  • AO5 - Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways. This course has no AS component – it is a two year programme of study culminating in three A Level examinations and the submission of a coursework portfolio.

    A Level

    Examination 80% Non-exam assessment 20%
    The components comprise a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text and the critical response to prose. Students will also study drama texts including
    a Shakespeare play. This course also develops student engagement with spoken language and non-literary materials.

The non-exam assessment enables pupils to pursue an independent line of enquiry investigating language usage within a particular text or genre.

Is there anything else I should know?

The skills that you will learn in this subject, such as independent research, close reading, analysis and evaluation of material and assimilation of material into
a formal essay are desirable skills for universities. English (Combined) therefore is an ideal companion to History, Spanish/French, Psychology, Religious Studies or any of the Science subjects.

Progression Routes

Obviously English Combined will be appropriate for students who wish to progress to study a form of English at university. It also provides many of the skills desirable for degrees in History, Law, Anthropology, Criminology or Teaching.