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English Language and Literature A-level

You will study literary texts such as plays, novels and poems, but the course has a focus of language analysis throughout. This is further developed by the study of conversations, interviews and speeches, and there is a whole new vocabulary of linguistic terminology to become familiar with. You will learn to look at language ‘through a microscope’ and to recognise how much social and cultural values affect spoken and written communication and interaction.

You will learn to look at language ‘through a microscope’ and to recognise how much social and cultural values underpin everyday language, but you still continue to explore the literary heritage of the past.

This course can be studied as part of the Communications Pathway.

What do I learn?
You will concentrate on analysing language, as well as studying literary texts and poems. Your study will include the following:
• unit 1 - Integrated Analysis and Text Production
• unit 2- Analysing Speech and its Representation
• unit 3- Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation
• unit 4- Comparative Analysis through Independent Study (Coursework Unit)

In and out of class you can expect to work independently as well as collaboratively; using both high and low tech resources to engage with learning. You can expect to lead your learning through delivery of lessons and planning of the schedule. There will also be a number of opportunities this academic year for you to work on fundraising projects and participate in extra-curricular activities and trips. We will work closely with other English classes; learning together whenever we can.

You will study 4.5 hours in class but there is a clear expectation that you will complete the equivalent outside of class. Some weeks, this will include work set by your teacher but in other weeks it might be a combination of reading, writing, contributing to classroom resources, marking or planning a lesson.
What do I gain?
Your English Language and Literature AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

A wide range of texts have been selected in order to expose you to different styles of writing, a variety of cultures and you'll be engaging with a number of important issues. We will consider discrimination, poverty, treatment of women and slavery through the study of Khaled Hosseini's, 'The Kite Runner' and Valerie Martin's, 'Property.' We will consider language in other contexts through the analysis of Arthur Miller's play, 'All My Sons' and the study of spoken language.

You will develop a wide variety of important employability skills on the course such as:
• project management skills- through short, medium and long term projects.
• communication skills- through writing tasks and speaking to others.
• collaborative working skills through working closely with others
• time management skills through management of in and out of class work.
• independence- through self assessment, target setting and processes of editing.

The course is filled with learning opportunities to be grabbed with both hands and we hope there'll be fun along the way too!
What do I need?
Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will need minimum grade 5 in GCSE English (either Language or Literature).
What do I gain?
With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at Degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes.

An A-level in English Language and Literature will allow you access to university to study a broad range of humanities subjects since the analytical and conceptual skills that you will acquire are transferable. English is a subject that is valued by universities.
What else do I need to know?
For more information on International entries, please contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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2SFALVL07R Full-time Kings Road, Reading

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Fees

Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Wednesday 24 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎1,987.00
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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