NSCG | A Level English Language & Literature
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Course overview

The English Language and Literature specification offers students the chance to perform textual analysis in relation to both literary and non-literary texts as well as develop their own creative writing skills. The course includes a focus on poetry and drama, through Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience and Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire. It also offers a chance to develop more contextually focused responses and creative readings using Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as a central text.

Alongside the more literary elements students will also study a range of spoken and non-fiction texts, through the set anthology which aims to take in changing stylistic features over time.

The coursework element allows students to explore an aspect of narrative through a comparative analysis of George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London and a post-2000 text of their own choice. It also allows them a chance to develop their own creative writing through writing on a topic of their choice in a non-fictional format.

What else do I need to know?

There are regular trips and visiting speakers. We are developing strong links with Keele University, and have organised theatre trips and visits alongside wider cultural visits. There is also the opportunity to join in enrichment offers such as the book club and film clubs with showings of the relevant films held.

This course combines well with other humanities based subjects, such as history, sociology, law, media, film studies and psychology.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed via three examinations and two pieces of coursework:
Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts - 1 hour (16%)
The language of poetry and plays – 2 hours (32%)
Reading as a writer, writing as a reader – 2 hours (32%)

Comparative analysis (10%)
Writing creatively (10%)

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the course gives you a qualification that is accepted for entry into Higher Education and is very useful for any courses with a high number of essay based assessments or creative elements. It will facilitate access to most courses, but can lead beyond the more obvious subject links to higher apprenticeships or degrees in areas such as journalist, marketing, copywriting, content editing, and education and media relations.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Stuart Last, Course Leader, by emailing: stuart.last@nscg.ac.uk

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