Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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The English Department at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School offers A Levels in either English Literature or English Language and Literature. We also offer GCSE English (Eduqas) as a one year course for students who still need to achieve this qualification.

Lessons mix tutor led sessions, with student led work. English is a discursive subject so discussion forms an integral part of our learning. Students work in small groups and individually. They are fully supported in the jump from KS4 to KS5 with regular practice of essay writing and skills.

A Level ENGLISH LITERATURE

A Love of reading is a must for success in this subject.

EXAMINATION BOARD

AQA Specification A

SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Five GCSE grades A*-C including Mathematics with B grades in English Language and English Literature

OVERVIEW

This course’s historicist approach to the study of literature rests upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, you are encouraged to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables you to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. The course privileges the process of making autonomous meaning, encouraging you to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as you develop their own informed personal responses.

The historicist method of studying texts diachronically (across a very broad time period) is at the centre of the specification. In Love through the ages, the theme of love, one of the most central themes in literature, is explored across time.

A LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

Love Through the Ages aims to encourage you to explore aspects of a central literary theme as seen over time, using unseen material and set texts. You should be prepared for Love Through the Ages by reading widely in the topic area, reading texts from a range of authors and times.

Texts in Shared Contexts encourages you to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time. It explores literature arising out of WW1, but extends this period to allow reflection on the full impact of the war that reverberates up to the present day. It considers the impact on combatants, non-combatants and subsequent generations as well as its social, political, personal and literary legacies.

Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Timeprovides a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for independent study. You are free to develop your own interests from your own wider and independent reading.

ASSESSMENT

Love Through the Ages                  Written paper   3 hours                                 40% of A Level

Textsin Shared Contexts                               Written paper   2 hours 30 minutes                     40% of A Level

Independent critical Study           Non exam assessment                                  20% of A Level                           

PROGRESSION

Students who study English Literature A Level go on to a variety of careers including teaching, journalism, law, marketing, management and the media. Employers appreciate the high level communication skills which the course encourages.

A Level ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

A Love of reading is a must for success in this subject.

EXAMINATION BOARD

AQA

SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Five GCSE grades A*-C including Mathematics with B grades in English Language and English Literature

OVERVIEW

This course allows you to keep open a route to further study in both English Language and Literature. It gives you grounding in both frameworks for linguistic analysis and criticism of literature.

You are given opportunities to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. Using literary and linguistic concepts and methods, you will analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. You will develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts yourself and critically reflecting on your own processes of production.

A LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

Telling Stories aims to allow you to learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told. The term ‘telling’ in the title is deliberately chosen to reflect the twin aspects of how stories are told, and why stories are ‘telling’, or valuable, within societies.

Exploring Conflict focuses on how language choices help to construct ideas of conflict between people, and between people and their societies.

Making Connections focuses on language use in different types of text. It is called 'Making Connections' because it requires you to make active connections between a literary text and some non-literary material. The connections must be based either on a chosen theme or on the idea that particular linguistic strategies and features may occur in the different types of material. This area of the course provides an individualised experience for students, enabling them to demonstrate their ability to initiate and sustain independent enquiry.

ASSESSMENT

Telling stories                     Written paper   3 hours                                                 40% of A Level

Exploring Conflict             Written paper   2 hours 30 minutes                         40% of A Level

Making Connections      Non exam assessment                                                  20% of A Level                           

PROGRESSION

Students from this school have used English Language/Literature to gain places on Higher Education courses from English to Sports Journalism and Law. Students have also used it to help gain employment such as legal secretary, banker and social worker.