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A Level English Literature & Language Fast Track Course
Level: AS & A2
UK Open college are pleased to offer the opportunity to study to AS and A2 A-level English Language and Literature (A) as specified by AQA. The A-level aims to encourage candidates:
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Students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the AQA specification for A-level English Language and Literature (A). The document can be downloaded as a pdf file, alongside further student support and assessment materials from the AQA website.
The AQA A-level is divided into four units as follows:
AS: 2 units AQA Code 1721
A2: 2 units AQA Code 2721
Below is a more detailed breakdown of the units studied for AS and A2.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS):
Unit 1 - ELLA 1: Integrated Analysis and Text Production
This unit introduces the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis by developing the ability of candidates:
Candidates will be required to answer two questions. The first question will be an analytical question on one of the set texts; the second question a production task on a second set text. In each case, all texts will have an analysis task and a production task to maximise candidates’ choice.
The analytical question focuses on the ways in which language and style help the writer to develop and explore issues within the text (such as theme and character). Candidates will be expected to produce an informed response underpinned by close textual reference and stylistic discussion.
The production task requires candidates to write in a particular style, register or voice, based on a thorough knowledge of the text. They will be assessed on language use appropriate to the set task and on technical accuracy.
Candidates are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes responding to the analytical task on their first set text, and then spend approximately 50 minutes planning and writing the production task linked to the other set text.
Candidates must study two texts, which can be taken into the examination. However, the texts must be clean, that is, free from all annotation.
The History Boys: Alan Bennett
A Streetcar Named Desire: Tennessee Williams
Unit 2 – ELLA 2: Analysing Speech and its Representation
This unit will introduce candidates to the principles of the analysis of speech in a variety of situations. Their analysis will be supplemented by the frameworks learned on Unit 1. These questions test the ability of candidates:
Candidates will be required to answer two questions. The first question will require an analytical comparison of unseen spoken texts. The second section of the unit will focus on the study of a set text where the candidate will focus on the way speech is used and represented within that text as well as stylistic matters relevant to the particular text.
The first question will have two pieces of speech which could be transcribed spontaneous speech, prepared oratory or any other type of speech representation from a non-literary context.
Candidates will be required to compare how the speech texts differ by focusing on features of spoken English and how form and context can help to shape meaning. The second question will focus on speech representation and stylistic and linguistic issues within the set text, with a short section of the text printed to provide a basis for close analysis.
Candidates must study one text, but are not allowed to take this text into the examination, since a section for commentary and discussion will be reprinted on the examination paper.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Unit 3 – ELLA 3: Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation
This unit focuses on integrated literary and linguistic study: firstly, by exploring the way that unseen texts can be analysed and compared; secondly, by taking the candidate’s own production skills further by focusing on non-fiction writing. Analysis on this unit will draw together the frameworks learned throughout the course. Production on this unit will focus on the skills of textual re-casting so as to develop and strengthen candidates’ production skills. This unit tests the ability of candidates:
Candidates are required to answer two questions. The first question will be an unseen analytical comparison of three texts of varying length, mode, genre and/or historical period. The second question will focus on a production task linked to the study of a set text, which will be non-fiction writing. The production will include reference to their set text in the form of a printed extract which will then be used as the basis for a textual re-casting. Candidates will also be required to write a short commentary explaining the choices they made when writing the re-casting.
Candidates are advised to spend approximately 90 minutes reading, planning and writing their analytical response and then spend approximately 60 minutes planning and writing the production task and commentary linked to the non-fiction set text.
Candidates must study one text, which they will not be allowed to take into the examination.
A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad: Don George and Anthony Sattin
Unit 4 – ELLA 4: Comparative Analysis through Independent Study
This unit will extend the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis by testing the ability of candidates:
Candidates are required to answer one question on two set texts: they have a free choice of question on the two texts that they have chosen to study but each question must be approved by the candidate’s tutor. The question should focus on challenging comparative issues.
Candidates must show evidence of a drafting process in their coursework and it is therefore a requirement to submit one draft with their final assessed piece.
They must write between 2,000 and 2,500 words. A consortium system operates for this specification, in line with the other AQA GCE English Specification A suites, where centres initially submit candidates’ questions to consortium advisers for scrutiny, acceptance and moderation. These consortium advisers also act in an advisory capacity to centres throughout the year.
Candidates are required to study at least one poetry text, a genre not available at AS level. Candidates must choose one text from List A; they may then choose one other text from List A or one from List B.
The intention behind this constrained choice is to offer texts which have been externally verified for their suitability for this coursework unit. Centres should discourage candidates from writing at length about biographical details of any of the writers. The primary focus of candidates’ work must be on literary and linguistic analysis and comparative issues within the texts.
List A (Poetry)
Ariel: Sylvia Plath
The Whitsun Weddings: Philip Larkin
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale: Geoffrey Chaucer
Selected Poems: D.H. Lawrence
Taking off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes: Billy Collins
Selected Poems: Robert Frost
Songs of Innocence and of Experience: William Blake
Selected Poems 1965-75: Seamus Heaney
Selected Poems: William Wordsworth
Mean Time: Carol Ann Duffy
Selected Poems: Emily Dickinson
Selected Poems: Elizabeth Jennings
List B (Other Genres)
A Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood
Hamlet: William Shakespeare
As You Like It: William Shakespeare
The Penguin Book of Modern Short Stories: ed. Malcolm Bradbury
Small Island: Andrea Levy
The Accidental Tourist: Anne Tyler
Waterland: Graham Swift
A Prayer for Owen Meany: John Irving
Dubliners: James Joyce
Hotel World: Ali Smith
Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller
Translations: Brian Friel
The purpose of this unit is to show an ability to use literary and linguistic terminology for analysis (Assessment Objective 1) and to make comparisons considering context (Assessment Objective 3). Each AO is weighted equally (30 marks).
The coursework is not an opportunity to write broadly on general themes or to relate them to the lives of the poets / writers. Rather, it is a chance to show the skills of close technical analysis in a comparative format. The essay should be concerned with the question of how / in what ways writers create their effects in order to focus on a particular theme.
Unless the candidate chooses two poets, comparisons will inevitably need to explain the different demands of the genre used (poetry, drama, short story, novel) but these should be confined to the specific differences of the texts chosen rather than a more generalised approach to genre difference. Similarly, though context may be important in explaining language change or specific historical attitudes, candidates should give a lesser emphasis to these areas than they do to technical analysis. Typically, a good coursework title will be ‘Compare the ways in which X and Y write about loneliness / death / the countryside etc.’ while an unsuitable title might be ‘Is X better than Y?’ or ‘How typical are X and Y of the periods in which they were writing?’
List A / List B examples
1. The Whitsun Weddings: Philip Larkin / Dubliners: James Joyce
Compare the ways in which Larkin and Joyce portray family relationships.
2. Mean Time: Carol Ann Duffy / Hotel World: Ali Smith
Compare the ways in which Duffy and Smith use different narrative points of view.
3. Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes: Billy Collins / The Accidental Tourist: Anne Tyler
Compare the ways in which Collins and Tyler present ideas about travel.
List A only examples
1. Selected Poems: Robert Frost / Selected Poems: William Wordsworth
Compare the ways in which Frost and Wordsworth write about friendship.
2. Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes: Billy Collins / Mean Time: Carol Ann Duffy
Compare the ways in which Collins and Duffy use irony.
3. Selected Poetry: D.H.Lawrence / Selected Poems: Emily Dickinson
Compare the ways in which Lawrence and Dickinson make use of the natural world.
In the production of their coursework candidates are encouraged to read widely, to include at the end of their essays a bibliography of works read and to make appropriate reference to them, where relevant, in the body of the coursework. However, it must be stressed that a personal response is what is required and an inclusion of critical references is not essential.
The titles of the qualifications will appear on certificates as:
• AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English Language and Literature A
• AQA Advanced Level GCE in English Language and Literature A
All students have 18 months to complete this course from date of registration. On average this course is completed in 300 hours. This does not include reading time which will add to the example highlighted below.
Course materials are provided in paper format and delivered direct to your door within 7 days of enrolment.
You will need to buy or have access to the following books.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams and the Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs a collection of Woman’s Journalism
You choose from the pre-set lists depending on which route you take.
The college is not accredited to assess, moderate or examine coursework. In which case, it is candidates’ responsibility to access AQA consortium advice via their examination centres. Moreover, it is candidates’ choice to determine which texts from lists A and B above they shall study and what comparative question they shall work on.
However, we are able to offer study materials for Unit 4, consisting of examples of poetry criticism and analysis, and Tutor Marked Assignments which will help prepare candidates to formulate titles and draft their coursework.
AS Units 1 and 2
Each unit is worth 50% of the total marks available for the AS, and 25% for the A2 if taken. The papers are each 90 minutes long and each carry 75 marks in all.
Unit 1 – ELLA 1
Section A: One question on literary and stylistic issues (advised to spend 40 minutes)
Section B: One language production task (advised to spend 50 minutes)
Available in June
Unit 2 – ELLA 2
Section A: One unseen analysis (advised to spend 45 minutes)
Section B: One question on the set text (advised to spend 45 minutes)
Available in June
A2 Unit 3
This unit is worth 30% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE. The paper is 150 minutes and carries 100 marks.
Unit 3 – ELLA 3
Section A: One question of unseen analysis (candidates advised to spend 90 minutes)
Section B: One production question on a set text (candidates advised to spend 60 minutes)
Available in June
(NB Unit 4 is examined by coursework alone)
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The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. From 2014 exams will be taken in June of each year. 2013 provides the final opportunity to take exams in January. There is no flexibilty to take exams at any other time.
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Course Fee: Starting at: £369.00
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