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. We aim to foster an enjoyment of many different text types including both literary and non-literary texts as well as the spoken word. Students taking the A Level will sit open book examinations at the end of the course.

Course content and assessment:

English Language and Literature is an A Level designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature. It 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” in our Paris Anthology and “Imagined Worlds” in “The Handmaid’s Tale” to Duffy’s “Poetic Voice”. The unit integrates methods of language analysis across the genres.  It is assessed through a three hour examination.

Unit 2: Exploring Conflict

In this unit we examine themes from “Dramatic Encounters” focusing on the conflict within Shakespeare’s “Othello” to writing about society and the role of individuals in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” 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 in a literary and non-literary text of the student’s choice, culminating in an extended essay of 2500-3000 words.

Entry Requirements:

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

Progression routes and careers:

This A Level course offers clear progression from GCSE allowing 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 law, journalism, creative writing, business or English.