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English Language and Literature A level at Chew Valley School

Course description

Opportunity to focus on the way we talk and write, with a combination of creative tasks and textual analysis.

Course content

This course is aimed at students who enjoy reading widely in a range of genres and are interested in developing the skills of a versatile writer. Students will need to be open to and interested in new and different forms of texts and confident in challenging interpretations and offering alternative viewpoints.

Entry requirements

Those interested in English – both literature and language. C grade or better in both GCSE English and GCSE English Literature.


AS level:
1. Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing: External exam, 2 hours 15 min, 60%.
You will explore written and spoken language texts from a variety of both fiction and non-fiction. You will study one set prose text in detail.

2. Creating Texts: Internally-assessed work, 2,000-2,500 words, 40%.
You will read a prose-fiction text, as well as either a drama or a poetry text, in preparation for producing your own writing for different purposes and audiences.

A2 level:
3. Varieties in Language and Literature: External exam, 2 hours 45 min, 60%.
You will study written and spoken language texts, as well as either two set drama or two set poetry texts. In the exam there will be a question on your set texts, as well as some unseen prose.

4.Presenting the World: Internal work, 2,500-3,000 words, 40%.
You will read one text from any genre, alongside selections from other texts, in preparation and research for producing three pieces of your own writing: one nonfiction piece, one literary piece and one analytical evaluation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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