A Level English Language and Literature

What does the course aim to do?

To encourage students to study Language and Literature as interconnecting disciplines in order to deepen their understanding and enjoyment of these studies.

What will I be studying?

A Level

Component 1- Poetry and Prose (2 hour examination – 30% of A Level)

Section A: – Poetry and Unseen Text (open book exam – clean copies):
Candidates study the Eduqas Anthology of poetry (38 poems). They then have a choice of 2 questions in the examination, linked to an unseen text, and have to choose 2 of their Anthology poems to compare to the unseen text.

Section B: – Prose (open book exam – clean copies). Candidates have a choice of 2 questions:
Part A: An extract from the set text.
Part B: A question on the text as a whole.

Component 2 – Drama (2 hour examination – 30% of A Level)

Section A: – Shakespeare (closed book exam):
Part A: An extract from the set play (compulsory question).
Part B: A question on the play as a whole (choice of 2 questions).

Section B: – Modern drama (closed book exam):
Candidates have a choice of 2 questions on the play as a whole.

Component 3 – Non-literary texts (2 hour examination – 20% of A Level)

Section A: – Spoken Texts:

Candidates study 3 unseen texts on spoken language (at least one will be a transcript) and answer a compulsory question requiring them to compare all 3 texts.

Section B: – Non-literary fiction (closed book exam). Candidates answer two compulsory questions:

Part A: An extract from the set text.
Part B: A question on the text as a whole.

Component 4 – Coursework (20% of A Level)

Section A: – Genre Study (1,500 words):

Candidates complete a critical study of a specified genre from a set list. They then write an analysis comparing their findings across texts in this genre.

Section B: – Creative writing (850-1000 words per task). Pupils have to complete two creative writing assignments:

1.) Literary text (fiction)
2.) Non-literary text (non-fiction)



How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed over 3 exams (lasting 2 hours each) and by your coursework submissions (3 pieces in total).

Am I suited to this subject?

The subject will appeal to students looking for a natural progression from GCSE English and/or English Literature who wish to continue varied academic work in English, studying a broad range of texts which have been chosen for their literary and linguistic qualities.

How will I study?

Methods are extremely varied. Texts will be studied in group and class settings, with much individual work in preparation and follow-up. You will be expected to make spoken presentations of the results of your study to the group as well as in essay form. Your language work will involve practical investigations as well as theoretical topics.

Where will it lead in the future?

The course’s emphasis on you as a user of language, as well as someone who analyses it and theorises about it, gives it great practical value. The stress on non-literary as well as literary writing means that it combines well with all types of subject in sixth form courses. The coursework component allows students to explore a specific genre in great detail with a greater focus on independent learning as well as develop their creative writing skills in both literary and non-literary forms. It is an excellent grounding for a range of degree courses, including all form of English study.

What will I need to do myself?

There will be regular assignments involving various types of work: recording and transcribing, collecting and analysing material, summarising information and theory, as well as producing your own writing and formal discussion essays. You will have regular study assignments in a selection of texts, as well as being expected to undertake and sustain a substantial independent reading programme.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study English Language & Literature?

Students who take this subject at Canon Slade can gain excellent results at both AS and A2 levels. It is taught by highly qualified staff who thoroughly enjoy their subject. Universities see Language and Literature as a strongly academic subject – and Canon Slade staff always expect nothing less than the best!


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