English (Bryn Celynnog)

Level:                          AS & A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 WJEC

Location:                      Bryn Celynnog


The English language and literature syllabus is a combined study of the literary and linguistic features of written and spoken English texts.  It is an ideal option for students who not only appreciate the study of literature but also enjoy creating their own texts and analysing their own writing.

Advanced Subsidiary (2 Units)

LL 1 Poetry and modern fiction and non-fiction.

A study of an anthology of pre 1900 poetry and of two modern prose texts.  This is assessed by a two and a half hour examination.

LL 2 Internal assessment

This consists of two creative writing assignments accompanied by a commentary, which enables students to analyse their own writing.

Advanced Level (2 Units)

LL 3 Internal assessment – Spoken Language and Performance

Section A  –  A comparison of the language of a Shakespeare play and a modern performance text.

Section B – The writing of two pieces for performance e.g. a sports commentary, a radio script, a stand up comedy routine etc.  accompanied by a commentary.

LL 4 Comparative Textual Analysis and Review – Synoptic

In this module insights gained from the whole course are assessed by a two and a half hour paper where candidates have to analyse

(a)   Three unseen texts of different genres

(b)   A text which has been studied in class

Requirements / skills for entry onto the course

Students are expected to have gained at least a B Grade in English Language at GCSE.

 Career Opportunities

English is a subject which enhances any area of study – from journalism to medicine.  It opens up opportunities for all students developing confidence in their ability to write in all areas and fits into a wide range of courses and careers.

Staff to consult for further information

Mrs J. Conway, Ms E Burniston

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