English Language / Literature A Level


What will I learn?

A Level course: 2-Year Course

Component 1 Voices in Speech and Writing (Examined Unit):

In Component 1 of Edexcel A Level English Language and Literature you will study:

  • A variety of non-literary and digital texts in Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology and one drama text from a prescribed list
  • Copies of the anthology must not be taken into the exam. The assessed anthology text will be provided in the source booklet
  • Two sections (students answer the question from Section A and the question from Section B)
  • Section A – Voices in 20th and 21st century Texts: one comparative essay question on one unseen extract selected from 20th or 21st-century texts, and one text from the anthology
  • Section B – Drama Texts: one extract-based essay question on the chosen drama text (open book – clean copy of the text can be taken into the exam)

Component 2 Varieties in Language and Literature (Examined Unit):

In Component 2 of Edexcel A Level English Language and Literature you will study:

  • A wide range of non-fiction texts under the chosen theme (Encounters) in preparation for responding to an unseen text
  • Two literary texts from the chosen theme (Encounters): one compulsory prose fiction (anchor text) and one other literary text (romantic poetry).

Themes:

  • Society and the Individual
  • Love and Loss
  • Encounters – E.M Foster ‘A Room With a View’
  • Crossing Boundaries
  • Section A – Unseen Prose Non-fiction Texts: one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract. The unseen extract is linked to the studied theme (Encounters).
  • Section B –Prose Fiction and Other Genres: One comparative essay question on one prose fiction anchor text and one other text from the theme (Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber) + Coursework – at A Level only – 20% of an A Level – investigating and creating texts

 

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language and Literature at Grade 5 or above. An average GCSE point score of 4.6 or above.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Section A – Unseen Prose Non-fiction Texts: one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract. The unseen extract is linked to the studied theme (Encounters).

Section B –Prose Fiction and Other Genres: One comparative essay question on one prose fiction anchor text and one other text from the theme (Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber).+ Coursework – at A Level only – 20% of an A Level – investigating and creating texts

(two pieces of original writing/one analytical commentary)

Component 1 2.5 hr exam  = 40% of total qualification

Component 2 2.5 hr exam  = 40% of total qualification

Who is this course aimed at?

The A Level English Language & Literature course is attractive to students who

  • have an interest in how both written and spoken language works
  • enjoy reading books, watching and listening to films and plays
  • are interested in how stories work
  • are curious as to how writers use words to influence an audience
  • enjoy reading various texts and analysing them closely
  • are curious as to how language and social influences affect each other
  • enjoy writing in a variety of ways, for a variety of purposes

What next?

A good understanding of English is useful for a wide range of careers, but many students often move into further study or employment in education, law, social work and media.

Summary

Level

  • A Level

Subject

  • English

Course Length

  • 2 Years

Age

  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,
​​​​​​​Email: info@leggott.ac.uk

Partners

  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium

Accreditations

  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider