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English Language and Literature AS/A2 Level at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

The overall aim of this course is to provide an understanding
of how we communicate effectively through spoken and written texts.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range
of transferable skills. Students will develop their independence in
 analysing and commenting on texts. Students will be able to develop
both their analytical and creative skills. Students will study fiction
and literary non-fiction. They will also be required to apply their
skills and knowledge of literary and linguistic concepts and approaches
 to a variety of transcripts of real life spoken situations. This will
allow candidates to identify and discuss the way meanings are constructed,
 conveyed and in drama and speech.

Course content

AS level students take:

Unit 1 - ELLB1 - Introduction to Language and Literature Study Introduction to study of language and literature using an Anthology of thematically linked spoken and written texts which will offer students the opportunity to consider the development of language and style over time.
Examination will allow students to respond to an unseen question thematically linked to the Anthology.

Unit 2 - ELLB2 -Themes in Language and Literature
Two-part coursework assignment on chosen pair of texts:
-discussion of a set theme in relation to the texts
- a piece of creative writing, demonstrating understanding of texts as a whole.


At A2 level students take:

Unit 3 - ELLB3 - Talk in Life and Literature
The emphasis in this unit is on spoken language.
Students will identify and discuss the way meanings are constructed, conveyed and interpreted both in drama and in real life speech. Students will answer based on an extract from a drama which they will study, discussing how the writer uses language to create dramatic effects. Students will also show their knowledge and understanding of naturally occurring speech and crafted speech in literature.

Unit 4 - ELLB4 -Text Transformation
Students will study two texts from a list of prescribed writers. Based on these, students will respond to these creatively by writing a text transformation of the text into a different genre or subgenre. Students will also submit a commentary to show their understanding of the creative process.

Entry requirements

English GCSE Grade B or above.


 Unit 1: - 1 hour 45 minutes written examination
60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Unit 2: - Coursework Unit
40% of AS, 20% of A Level

Unit 3: - 2 hour written examination
30% of A Level

Unit 4: - Coursework Unit
20% of A Level

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature combines well with almost all other
humanities AS and A Level subjects such as History, Geography and
Religious Studies. It can lead to a variety of university courses
and careers such as philosophy, teaching and media studies..

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years