English Language and Literature

Exam Board

  • AQA

English Language and Literature remains a popular subject for Sixth Form study and supports students in developing skills that are useful for many other areas of study and employment. Students taking the A Level will sit open book examinations at the end of the course.

Course Content and Assessments

English Language and Literature is an A Level designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature. This specification enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work.

 Unit 1: Telling Stories

Telling stories covers a range of themes from “Remembered Places” and “Imagined Worlds” to “Poetic Voices”. The unit integrates methods of language analysis across the genres. It is assessed through a three hour examination.

Unit 2: Exploring Conflict

This unit looks at a wide variety of texts from the theme “Dramatic Encounters” focusing on the conflict within drama to writing about society and the role of individuals. The unit also provides the opportunity for creative writing and critical evaluation. Assessment is through a two and a half hour examination.

Unit 3: Non-Examination Assessment – Making Connections

The unit provides the opportunity for a personal investigation on a chosen theme and texts, culminating in an extended essay of 2500-3000 words.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to achieve a grade 6 in English Literature and Language at GCSE.

Progression Routes and Careers

This A Level course offer clear progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps. English Language and Literature A Level enhances applications to a wide variety of degree courses including from law, journalism, creative writing, business or English.