A-level English Language and Literature

A-level English Language 

Head of Department

Mrs K Lorriman

Examining Body

Edexcel

Overview of the course

This course is a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature. It investigates how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts, and explores literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. It encourages extensive analysis of writing and speech in a wide range of forms, and develops skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.


What Will You Study/Assessment:

Component 1: Students will study the creation of voice in speech and writing using an anthology of literary and non-literary texts and one drama text. Students are assessed on two questions in an examination: one comparative essay on an unseen extract and one from the anthology; one extract based essay question on either Equus by Peter Shaffer or A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Component 2: Students will study two texts within the theme of Society and the Individual; one compulsory prose text (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald) and one other literary text (A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry or The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin). Students are assessed on two questions in an examination: one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract linked to the theme Society and the Individual; one comparative essay question on the prose text and the other literary text from the theme.

Coursework: Students will write three pieces of coursework following the independent study of two separate texts of the same theme: a piece of creative fiction (e.g. prose, drama, poetry) inspired by the chosen texts; a piece of non-fiction (e.g. review, article, travel writing); a reflective commentary on the creative process.

 

Possible Career Paths:  

A number of English students choose to undertake further study at university, while many more use the communication and analytical skills they develop during this course in a range of careers including advertising, acting, publishing, teaching, librarianship, public relations, journalism, the legal professions, management consultancy and finance.


A-level English Literature

Examining Body

AQA

Overview of the course

English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject where you will have the opportunity to examine literary and non-literary works of all periods, from Shakespeare to the present day, taking in a wide range of authors and themes, and gaining a detailed and coherent sense of the current priorities and debates in the discipline. The course offers a full and balanced coverage of dramatic, poetic and prose works, including many from outside the usual literary canon and revealing the extraordinary scope of English literature and its significance today.

 

What Will You Study/Assessment:

Paper 1: Students will study three texts: A pre-1900 poetry anthology, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Othello by William Shakespeare. Students are assessed on three questions in an examination: one Othello extract-based essay question; an essay question on two unseen poems; one essay question linking the two other texts.
 

Paper 2: Students will study three World War One inspired texts: Regeneration by Pat Barker, Up the Line to Death edited by Brian Gardner, and My Boy Jack by David Haig. Students are assessed on two questions: one essay question on a set text; one question on an unseen extract; one essay question linking two texts.


Coursework: Students will write a piece of coursework (2500 words) drawing comparisons between two independently studied texts on a theme of their choice.

 

 

Possible Career Paths:

The variety of assessment styles used, such as discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, will arm you with a range of skills needed in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and the ability to analyse arguments and ideas. This course is an ideal foundation for the study of English Literature at university and onward into any job that involves communication, writing and/or literary knowledge. These include: advertising, marketing, writing and journalism, law, consultancy, business, teaching, performing arts, academia, government, linguistics, foreign languages, media and design.