English Language and Literature - A Level (OCR)

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Start Date: 05 September 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: School Leavers
Location: Sixth Form College, Angel

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ABOUT THE COURSE

A Level English Language and Literature immerses you in a range of texts from literary and non-literary genres, such as fiction, drama, poetry, journalism, autobiography, diaries, letters, speeches and television scripts. You will explore and compare how writers and speakers use language and structure to express their thoughts and feelings, and how language choices are influenced by the context, audience and purpose. You will develop an analytical approach to language, including a systematic understanding of grammar, vocabulary, sound and structure.  The course will also develop your creative writing skills.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Topics covered can include:

  • Exploring Non –Fiction and Spoken Texts
  • The Language of Poetry and Plays
  • Reading as a Writer, Writing as Reader
  • Independent Study – Analysing and Producing Texts

By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to respond in a personal and considered way to both literary and non-fiction texts
  • an ability to recognise literary, stylistic and linguistic features of written and spoken material
  • an ability to express themselves with clarity, coherence , conciseness and precision
  • a command of the language appropriate for literary and linguistic analysis
  • some familiarity with aspects of literary heritage
  • knowledge of individual works studied and, where appropriate, relationships between them
  • an ability to comment on the language, content, structure, meaning and significance of written and spokenmaterial studied
  • awareness of the effects of technique and style employed by writers and speakers
  • an ability to structure analyses and arguments in a sustained and logical way, and to
  • support them with precise and relevant examples.
  • expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways
  • an ability to use a range of techniques to produce and evaluate texts from different audiences and purposes, informed by wider reading

WHAT WILL I NEED?

You will need:

  • Grade 5 or above, and at least one grade 6 or above, in GCSE English Language plus one other written subject, such as History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Drama and Film Studies
  • Three further GCSEs at grade 4 or above

If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment is by exam (80%) and coursework (20%). Assessment in both the exams and coursework is by a combination of essay-based tasks and creative tasks.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?

A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.

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444 Camden Road
N7 0SP
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Sixth Form College
Angel
283-309 Goswell Road
EC1V 7LA
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Centre for Lifelong Learning
28-42 Blackstock Road
Finsbury Park
N4 2DG
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Centre for Applied Sciences
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311-321 Goswell Road
EC1V 7DD
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