A Level English Language and Literature is a challenging A Level course which combines traditional textual analysis with a technical linguistic focus. A wide range of reading materials are studied, including poetry, drama, prose fiction, and non-literary texts. The course is writing and reading intensive, featuring a range of writing forms, including creative writing, commentaries, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing.
The aim of A Level English Language and Literature is to develop your interest and enjoyment of English through learning about analysis, evaluation, interpretation and creative modes of expression. The course will help you to become an independent reader as well as a skilled writer. Students looking to enrol on this course should have a good foundation of English skills, and will ideally have done equally well in GCSE Literature and GCSE English Language. Over a period of two years, you will study five text-focussed modules and will also produce one 3,000-word comparative essay as coursework. This is a demanding A Level and will occupy at least five hours of independent study per week. All exams will be sat at the end of the two year course.
You can expect to study:
- Methods of linguistic and literary analysis
- Remembered Places (an AQA-produced non-fiction anthology)
- Imagined Worlds (The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood)
- Poetic Voices (Carol Ann Duffy poetry anthology)
- Writing About Society (The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
- Dramatic Encounters (A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams)
This A Level is usually studied with two or three other A Levels or Level 3 BTEC equivalents. Most subjects are complementary, but the course combines particularly well with History, Sociology, Psychology, Government and Politics and any Modern Foreign Language.