LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

You’ll study two novels, a play and selection of poetry. As well as studying these literary works, there is an Anthology of spoken, written and electronic non-literary texts.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Visit the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk
Faculty Leader: Mrs H Cooke (h.cooke@finhampark.co.uk)

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. To succeed you also need to enjoy reading, enjoy thinking about language and be able to think analytically.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

At A-Level you’ll develop not only skills in literary, but also in linguistic analysis, and in academic research. You’ll hone your skills in close analysis and in academic argument. In addition you’ll learn how to write effectively in transforming texts, creating the perspective of a particular character in one of the novels. You’ll also develop your discursive and presentation skills, as you’ll take a leading role in lessons.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

Non-exam Assessment (NEA) involves independent research to produce an Investigation of 2500-3000 words, based on both Literary and Linguistic data.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

It is an integrated course, combining both literary and linguistic approaches. The course combines the precision of language construction with an opportunity to build on analytical interpretations to literature.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?

Linear A-Level: Two exams at the end of Year 13.
Paper one is 3 hours long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. Paper two is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. The remaining 20% is based on a nonexam assessment (NEA).

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

As a highly academic and creative subject, it is valued in Higher Education as a basis, not only for studying Literature at university, but also Law or Joint Honours degrees. It can lead to a future
in Law, Teaching, Publishing, or Business related careers.