A Level English Language

Exam Board

The English Language and Literature course aims to encourage students to study language and literature as interconnecting disciplines. Students will develop their ability to use linguistic and literary-critical concepts and analytical frameworks in commenting on a wide range of spoken language and written texts.

Why Choose This?
As a subject concerned with communication and the ability to analyse and develop ideas in detail, an A Level in English is useful for progression in a wide variety of careers including: journalism, teaching, acting, law, the Civil Service, occupational therapy, Human Resources, speech therapy, writing, media and advertising. However, the skills based approach means that it is a useful and valuable subject to have studied prior to a huge range of degree courses and careers.

Areas of Study & Assessment
Examination 80%, Non-examined Assessment 20%

Year 12:
Non Fiction: In this component, students will develop their close reading and analytical skills by studying an anthology of non-fiction texts about the diverse and romantic city of Paris.

Fiction: Students will study two texts, a novel, such as The Handmaid’s Tale and a selection of poetry by a poet such as Carol Ann Duffy or Robert Browning.

Year 13:
Telling Stories: In this component, students will develop the work completed in Year 12. Students will consider how writers produce prose fiction, poetry and non-fiction in a variety of forms. The focus will be on settings, voices and genre and how they are used to tell stories.

Exploring Conflict: In this unit, students will explore how a prose author such as Khalid Hosseini creates and uses conflict in The Kite Runner. Students will also consider how dramatists create conflict through speech. Students might study: Othello or Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): 20% of A Level

This component is students’ opportunity to be more independent. Students will complete a formal investigation, for which they will be required to gather data and learn about a topic that really interests them.