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English Language and Literature

A Level

Exam Board: A Level English Language and Literature – AQA

Course Summary

A Level English Language and Literature gives you the opportunity to strike the balance between English Literature and English Language, focusing on the craft of writing in a range of modern texts.

You will study the stylistic features of novels, plays, poetry, blogs, journalism and travel writing. Throughout this course, we will enhance both your creative and analytical writing skills, as well as developing your enjoyment of wider reading.

The aim of this course is to help you read like a writer and write like a reader!

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in English Language

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Topics

  • The Dystopian World of The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Fitzgerald’s American Classic, The Great Gatsby
  • Conflict and Tension in A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Controversial Gothic Novel The Wasp Factory
  • The Love Poetry of John Donne
  • The Representation of Paris in Non-Fiction

Why choose this course?

  • We cover a wide range of reading and writing skills – including creative writing
  • Our texts are modern and thought-provoking
  • It’s a core, facilitating subject
  • We have open book exams.

Where might it lead?

English Language and Literature is a core A Level qualification, preparing students well for higher education or employment because of the transferable skills required on the course. Students often go into Law, Journalism and the Media and Creative Industries.

Assessment

This course has a mixture of:

  • 80% exam
  • 20% coursework

OUR STUDENTS

Flora Pick

"After Barton I'm hoping to continue studying English Literature at university, and wish to ultimately end up in journalism or publishing of some description."

Read more about Flora and some of our other students.