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English Language and Literature A Level at De Montfort School

Course description

This exciting course embraces all aspects of English Language and Literature in a varied, stimulating and challenging way. It develops candidates’ knowledge and understanding of English by focusing on these areas:

  • analysis of characters, themes, writers’ use of language and point of view
  • Re-creative writing – adapting and shaping original material
  • Methods of language analysis
  • The forms and functions of poetic voice

The course draws on students’ experiences at GCSE but will also lay solid foundations for the study of English beyond A Level. Our A Level students have gone on to read degrees in English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing and Journalism.

Course content

Year 12

An introduction to set texts. This specification enables candidates to develop an integrated literary and linguistic approach.

Telling Stories:

  • The Lovely Bones: Students discover how imagined worlds are constructed.
  • Mean Time: Students explore how personal poetic perspectives are created.
  • AQA Anthology: Students examine writers’ experiences of Paris.

Year 13

Non examined assessment (20% of A Level):

  • Students will choose a theme and texts to investigate independently which is marked by the teacher.

Exploring Conflict:

  • Students learn, through the set texts, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Kite Runner how language choices construct ideas of conflict between people and their societies.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.


Paper 1 Telling Stories (40% of A Level)

  • 3 hour examination. Three questions: The Lovely Bones, Mean Time, AQA Anthology.

Paper 2 Exploring Conflict (40% of A Level)

  • 2 hour 30 mins examination. Two questions: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Kite Runner.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study English Literature or Linguistics at university, including at Russell Group institutions. Other students have used their A Level in the subject to have successful careers in education, retail, public services and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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