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English Language and Literature A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

We study Edexcel English Language and Literature specification which allows you to:
• use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in the interpretation of texts
• engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between them
• develop skills as producers and interpreters of language in a sustained and independent way

Course content

You will pursue the study of literature and language by studying drama and a variety of genres including non-fiction.
Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing: Possible texts include All My Sons by Arthur Miller, A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and The History Boys by Alan Bennett.  Students will also study an anthology of non-literary and digital texts from 20th and 21st centuries.
Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature:  Students will study two texts exploring a given theme e.g. Society and the Individual, Love and Loss, Encounters or Crossing Boundaries as well as a range of non-fiction texts on their chosen theme in preparation for an unseen text in the exam.
Component 3: Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts:  Students will choose a topic and two texts, one fiction and one non-fiction, to produce two assignments.

Entry requirements

As this course builds on GCSE skills, you should have GCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature of at least Grade 6 or above.


Component 1: Examination of 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Open book, 2 questions
Component 2: Examination of 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Open book, 2 questions
Component 3: Coursework: Two assignments (20%)
2500 – 3000 words in total

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September