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English Language and Literature A level at Hartismere School

Course description

The course will:


·        develop your interest, knowledge and enjoyment of both language and literature as interconnecting and mutually supportive disciplines

·        develop your skills as an independent, confident and reflective reader and writer

·        develop your expertise in writing for a variety of specific purposes and audiences

·        teach you how to use key features for the systematic study of spoken and written English

·        help you to understand and explore concepts and issues relating to language in use


·        show you how to analyse variations in the meanings and forms of literary and non-literary language from different times

Course content

There are 3 units


Paper 1: Telling Stories

What's assessed?

Remembered Places – the representation of place

Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose

Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

How is it assessed?

• written exam: 3 hours

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level


Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

What's assessed?

• Writing about Society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts

• Critical commentary – evaluating own writing

• Dramatic Encounters – conflict in drama

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

How is it assessed?

• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level


At AS level the same texts and topics are taught but assessed in different ways.


Non-exam assessment (coursework):

Making Connections   (A level only)

What's assessed?

• Making Connections – investigation 2500 - 3000 words on a chosen theme and texts

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

How is it  assessed

• Assessed by teachers

• Moderated by AQA

• 50 marks

• 20% of A-level

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade A*, A or B.


AS is short for Advanced Subsidiary.  This is a standalone qualification studied for one year.  All Hartismere students will sit AS exams so that they can have as much choice as possible about the subjects they continue with in year 13.  All work in year 12 is preparation for the full A level qualification which is taken at the end of year 13. 


Assessment is entirely through written exam. 

Future opportunities

You will have a wide range of possible career and higher education prospects. You will learn and be able to use a wide range of transferable skills. These include writing for a variety of audiences and purposes, responding to literary, non-fiction and spoken texts, expressing informed and independent opinions and identifying and developing the links between literature and language. These skills are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right.


English Language can be studied in a single subject in higher education or can be combined with English Literature or a wide variety of other subjects. It could form a good basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with, for example history, media studies, philosophy, law, politics or foreign languages.


Many students will also use their qualifications to go straight into employment rather than higher education.  A wide range of occupations is open to students, including areas such as journalism, the media or the law



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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