A Level English Language and Literature

Examination Board: AQA

Why Study A Level English Language and Literature?
The A Level English Language and Literature course offers students an opportunity to combine and develop the skills they acquired in both of their English GCSEs. There will still be lots of reading to do but, unlike A Level English Literature, this course moves beyond the core of the set literary texts and enables students to explore the ways in which language is used across a wide spectrum of texts from a range of sources. This exploration will be undertaken through both analytical and creative approaches.

Where can the subject lead?
This course encourages and develops analytical and creative approaches to problem solving: these are highly desirable skills in most professional fields. Students of A Level English Language and Literature go on to careers such as journalism, copy editing, game and website design…some even become teachers!

How Will I Be Assessed?
This A Level is a linear course: all assessment takes place at the end of Year 13.

The A Level assessment is divided into three sections. Telling Stories is tested through a 3 hour examination which includes questions on the set prose and poetry texts. The Exploring Conflict examination is 2 hours 30 minutes long, testing both your knowledge of the drama set text and your creative writing ability. Each of these examinations counts for 40% of your final A Level grade; the other 20% is based on your coursework. The Making Connections coursework unit will consist of a 3,000 word essay based on texts of your own choice.

What Other Subjects Complement English Language and Literature?
A Level English Language and Literature works well in combination with most other A Level subjects. The relevant elements of the course can enrich the learning experiences of Performance and History students in particular, while the study of any subject which requires a creative response to its challenges will benefit from the experiences offered in the A Level English Language and Literature classroom. However, due to some overlapping content, students are strongly advised not to select this course in combination with A Level English Literature.