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English Language and Literature A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

Combined English Language and Literature strikes a balance between the Arts and the Social Sciences and is a passport to many other pathways.

This demanding subject combines aspects of linguistics and literary criticism that would also be found in single A level Language and A level Literature. Therefore, students can expect to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts and analyse them using the skills and specialisms of both A level subjects.

Course content

Key Features

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

This component has an explicit focus on the concept of ‘voice’. Students will study how spoken voices are formed and written voices created in literary, non-literary and digital texts. An anthology is studied, containing a variety of non-literary and digital texts from different forms, such as interviews, broadcasts, podcasts, blogs, screenplays and travelogues.

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

This component focuses on the ways in which different writers convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme in literary and non-fiction writing. Students will be expected to read widely across a range of non-fiction genres in preparation for responding to an unseen extract in Section A of the examination. Students will explore and evaluate the ways different writers convey similar themes and issues in different texts.

Component 3: Investigating and Creating Texts

The coursework component has been designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills as writers, crafting their own original texts for different audiences and purposes. This component permits students to pursue their own interests, applying the skills they have developed to investigate a topic they are interested in. Students will choose a topic that reflects their personal interests, studying two texts that relate to their chosen topic. Texts studied must be complete texts and may be selected from genres of fiction such as prose fiction, poetry, drama and short stories, and genres of non-fiction such as travel writing, journalism, reportage, diaries, biographies and collections of letters.

Entry requirements

• APS 4.3

• Grade 4 and 5 needed in GCSE English Language and Literature (either way around)


• 100% external examination 

Future opportunities

The qualification is recognised for entry into degree courses and would provide a valuable foundation for careers such as journalism, publishing, broadcasting, politics, teaching or media-related careers, the Civil Service, the Foreign Office, personnel management, computing, law, international business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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