A Level English

A Level English

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A Level English Language and Literature


The combined A Level English Language and Literature course explores the way language choices create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. You will analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres. In the process you will gain an insight into different ideas about creativity. You will also develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts yourself and critically reflecting on the processes of production.

Who is the course for?

If you enjoy reading a wide range of texts, are interested in learning more about methods of language analysis, then A level English Language and Literature is the course for you.

What does it include?

You will study a range of literary and non literary texts from a range of different time periods and genres.

Paper 1: Telling Stories (Written exam 3 hours- 40%)

'Telling Stories' focuses on how and why stories are told, the ways in which writers and speakers present stories and how language choices help to shape the representations of different worlds and perspectives.

You will study:

  • the AQA Paris Anthology (a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts).
  • a choice of novel from A Handmaid’s Tale; Dracula, Frankenstein or The Lovely Bones.
  • the poetry of one of the following poets:- John Donne; Carol Ann Duffy; Seamus Heaney or Robert Browning.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes - 40%)

In ‘Exploring Conflict’ you will study how language choices help to construct ideas of conflict between people, and between people and their societies.

You will study:

  • a choice of novel from The Kite Runner; The Great Gatsby; Into the Wild; The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
  • how to adapt and shape original material (the base text) to respond to different re-creative tasks.
  • how to write a critical commentary
  • a choice of drama text from the following: Othello; A Streetcar named Desire; The Herd or All My Sons.

Paper 3: Non exam-assessment: Texts across time (20%)

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary texts (2,500– 3,000 words).

How long does it take to complete?

2 years to complete the A-level.

What qualifications do I need?

We would like you to have a Grade 5 or above in English Literature and English Language GCSE.

What award will I achieve?

A level English Language and Literature Examining/Validating Body AQA

What can I do next?

A qualification in English has long been highly regarded by employers. You could go on to further study or use this as a stepping stone to another career. The course provides you with analytical and communication skills which are transferable and suitable for all future options.

(Course) careers include:

Publishing, writing, law, journalism, song writing, editor, television, marketing, advertising... to name but a few.

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