A/S Level English Language and Literature

Deepen your understanding of both language and literature, and enrich your experience of English

Course Information (AQA 7706)

Duration: 32 Weeks

Type: Part Time

Cost: £1100

Entry Requirements

You have already achieved a GCSE in English Language at grades A-C or 7+.

Course Content

This course draws on the academic field of Stylistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course which brings together literary and non-literary discourses. By exploring a variety of texts you will learn how to integrate literary and linguistic fields, and share concepts about the way language choices create representations. This will allow you to analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres whilst developing a variety of skills that will allow you to develop higher interpretation and analytical thinking. Within this course you will study:

  • Imagined Worlds
  • Poetic Voices
  • Remembered Places
  • Re-creative Writing
  • Critical commentary

Methods of language analysis underpin each component: 

  • phonetics, phonology and prosodics – for example, the sounds of real speech and the patterns of sound symbolism (rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia) that some writers employ
  • lexis and semantics – for example, the connotations of words and phrases, metaphor and idiomatic language
  • grammar – for example, how the use of pronouns can shape narrative viewpoints
  • pragmatics – for example, the assumptions made about listeners/readers by the speaker’s/writer’s language choices
  • discourse – for example, the way different text types use particular features or routines, including aspects of visual design and layout.

Method of Study

You will attend a 3 hour class each week where you will work collaboratively with your fellow students, and in which you will engage in stimulating discussions and classroom-based exercises to support your development and learning. You will also be required to complete work at home independently. 

Method of Assessment

Paper 1: Views and Voices: written exam (1 hour 30 minutes) worth 75 marks (50% of AS level)

You will be assessed on:

  • Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose. This section is a closed book comprising one compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks)
  • Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice. This section is a closed book comprising one compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks)

Paper 2: People and Places: Written exam (1 hour 30 minutes) worth 75 marks (50% of AS level)

  • Remembered places – the representation of place. Section A – Remembered places,comprises one compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks) This section is closed book.
  • Re-creative writing – adapting and shaping original material. Section B – Re-creative writingcomprises one piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks)
  • Critical commentary – evaluating own writing. Critical commentary (20 marks) This section is closed book.

What Can I Do Next?

This AS Level in English is your gateway to a successful tomorrow. Attaining this qualification will allow you to progress onto further A level English courses, universities and provide you with better job and promotion prospects. 

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