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What is English Language and Literature?

English Language and Literature is an excellent choice for those students who enjoy both the linguistic and literary aspects of English, and who wish to combine these in a single A Level subject.

Through the study of English Language and Literature, students will develop invaluable analytical and expressive skills while they critically engage with a wide variety of texts, both literary and non-literary. Students will also develop writing and critical analysis skills whilst creating texts and reflecting on their own processes of production of written pieces. They will use literary and linguistic concepts and methods, and will benefit from a deeper understanding of creativity and the nature of different discourses.

How is it studied?

At Oxford Tutorial College, you will find individualised attention and a warm atmosphere where you will feel motivated and challenged. In English Language and Literature, experienced teachers support every student to choose the most appropriate texts while taking account of students’ preferences. The new AQA specification, introduced in 2015, encourages students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and topics.

At AS Level, the main areas of learning embedded in the specification are the representation of place, point of view, and genre in prose; the forms and functions of poetic voice; and the creative transformations of texts. At A Level, students learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told. They will develop methods of language analysis. Students also explore conflict and society, the role of language in the construction of perspective, and the nature and function of poetic voice. In their coursework, students will decide on the topic of their choice and will work independently to make connections between a literary text and some non-literary material.

How is English Language and Literature assessed?

A level

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Telling Stories

 

Section A – Remembered Places (one compulsory question on the AQA Anthology)

This section is closed book.

 

Section B – Imagined Worlds (one question from a choice of two on prose set text)

This section is open book.

 

Section C – Poetic Voices (one question from a choice of two on poetry set text)

This section is open book.

 

40%

• Written exam: 3 hours
2 Exploring Conflict

 

Section A – Writing about Society (one piece of re-creative writing using set text, and critical commentary)

This section is open book.

 

Section B – Dramatic Encounters (one question from a choice of two on drama set text)

This section is open book.

 

40% • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 

 

3 Non-exam assessment: Making connections 20% Task

 

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500-3,000 words).

 

 

 

 

Assessed by teachers. Moderated by AQA.

 

AS

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Views and Voices 50% • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• closed book

 

2 People and Places 50% • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• closed book

 

 

Board: AQA

What do I need?

To study this subject at A Level, a minimum of a C grade in GCSE Higher Tier English Language is necessary and ideally, also, a minimum of a C grade in GCSE Higher Tier English Literature (we will consider students that have only studied one of these subjects). Imagination, an interest in the breadth and variety of human experience, and an appreciation of how language is used in literary texts are the touchstones for students of English Language and Literature. An aptitude for writing clear and coherent English is naturally paramount for any student choosing the subject.

What should I study with English Language and Literature?

English Language and Literature A Level combines well with a wide range of subjects in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Sciences. Its combination of technical, analytic and creative skills would also compliment other languages.

What can I do with A Level English Language and Literature?

English Language and Literature provides an important qualification for those seeking careers in which communication, writing and creative skills are paramount. English Language and Literature students will develop creative and analytical skills that will be key for progression to higher education and for enhanced employability.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A Level in English Language and Literature in one year?

We recommend at least 5 terms to study English Language and Literature, since you will need to work on cumulative skills and carry out independent research work.