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English Language & Literature A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

You have enjoyed English at GCSE and want to build on and develop the skills you have gained. You enjoy reading and exploring the way the English language works. This is the only course where you can combine all the aspects of the study of English in both its written and spoken forms. This course will make you think, so you will be a person who enjoys exploring and sharing ideas!

Course content

AS Level

The current plan for the new linear A-levels is that students at HCC will take an AS level in their subjects at the end of year twelve. This is a separate, stand-alone qualifi cation which does not contribute to the marks or the assessment for the full A-level. However, all of the texts studied and assessed for the AS level are in the full A-level examinations


Unit 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

Students study:

  • Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology

AS level Unit 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

Students study:

  • A Room With a View – EM Forster
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter Assessment:

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained good grades (A or B) in English Language or Literature



Unit 1: Voices in Speech and Writing Students study: 

  •  Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology 
  • One Drama text: Possibly Translations, A Streetcar Named Desire, All My Sons 


  • Written exam – 2 hours 30 minutes 
  • 50 marks 
  • 40% of A-level 

Unit 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

Students study: 

  • A wide range of non-fi ction texts on the theme of Encounters 
  • A Room With a View – EM Forster 
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter 


  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 
  • 50 marks 
  • 40% of A-level 

Unit 3: Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts 

Students study: 

  • A chosen topic (free choice) 
  • Two texts relating to their chosen topic: one fi ction and one non-fi ction Students produce two assignments: 
  • Two pieces of original writing: one piece of fi ction and one piece of creative non-fi ction
  • One analytical commentary reflecting on their studied texts and the pieces of writing they have produced 
  • Advisory word count is 2500 – 3000 words in total
  • 20% of A-level

Future opportunities

Many of our students each year opt to continue their studies by taking up an English degree at University. In addition, English A-Level is very highly regarded as a key qualifi cation for a very wide range of careers and other University courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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