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English Language and Literature at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA Specification A

The course involves the study of a wide range of written and spoken texts ranging from transcripts of natural spoken language to prose, drama, poetry and non-fiction texts. Students study Language and Literature as a combined discipline to develop analytical skills in literary and linguistic study and understand how language is used in a wide variety of contexts. As well as developing analytical skills, there are also opportunities for students to undertake creative tasks to demonstrate their understanding of the uses of language. Two modules are taken each year with two examined units at AS and an examination and coursework task at A2. Students must be prepared to undertake a wide range of independent study, involving extensive reading of texts from different genres in order to build up the skills and knowledge necessary for study of the subject at this level.

Course content

The course will enable you to:

  • develop your understanding of the literary and linguistic choices made by writers of texts
  • understand and analyse the features of natural spoken language
  • apply a wide range of appropriate terminology to the study of all texts
  • make detailed comparisons between a wide range of spoken and written, literary and non-literary texts
  • produce your own work, based on the study of set texts and non-fiction writing
  • develop your abilities to write fluently and coherently.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B, with a minimum grade B in English and English Literature.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Integrated Analysis and Text Production: introduces the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis based on the study of two set texts chosen from prose and/or drama. Form of assessment 1 hour examination with two questions. The first question is an analytical question based on one of the set texts, focusing on the ways in which language and style help the writer to develop and explore issues, such as theme and character. The second question is a production task based on a different set prose and/or drama text. This requires students to write in a particular style, register or voice, based on a thorough knowledge of the text.

Unit 2 - Analysing Speech and Its Representation: introduces the principles of analysis of speech in different situations. Form of assessment 1 hour examination with two questions. The first question is an analytical comparison of unseen spoken texts, which could be spontaneous or planned speech. The second question focuses on the way speech is used and presented in a set prose or drama text.

Those students who wish only to study AS Level English Language and Literature will finish the course after these initial two modules.

A Level

Unit 3 - Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation: focuses on integrated literary and linguistic study. Form of assessment 2 hour examination with two questions. The first question is an unseen analytical comparison of three texts of varying length, mode, genre and/or historical period. The second question is a production task linked to the study of a non-fiction set text. The stimulus for the production task will be an extract from the set text and students will need to provide a commentary explaining the choices made in the production of their own text.

Unit 4 - Comparative Analysis through Independent Study: coursework task (2,000-2,500 words). Students answer one question on two set texts, one of which must be poetry. The question will focus on challenging comparative issues and requires students to focus on the different ways in which writers create their effects. The unit extends students' analytical, written and comparative skills and evidence of the drafting process is submitted with the final coursework task.

Future opportunities

This course develops a range a skills that are invaluable in a wide range of careers including:

  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Advertising and Media
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Industry, Business and Commerce, where good communication skills are highly valued
  • Research

Further information

Who will be a successful student of English Language and Literature?

The course will appeal to students who:

  • would like to develop further understanding of the integrated study of literary and linguistic concepts
  • are enthusiastic and avid readers of a wide range of literature, including fiction and non-fiction texts
  • enjoy the challenge of producing texts appropriate for different purposes and audiences
  • would like to broaden their study of a wide range of genres, including how they are produced and received in different contexts
  • enjoy expressing opinions and justifying their comments on texts
  • enjoy learning in a variety of active ways, including group discussions, presentations, role-play and research, as well as individual study and research and extensive essay writing
  • enjoy studying a subject which is relevant to their own and others' lives and helps to understand the techniques employed by the producers of texts in the world around us.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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