A Level English Language and Literature at Kirk Hallam Community Academy
A level units (two year course):
Component 1 – 3 hour exam
Students’ understanding of four of the main topics (Imagined Worlds; Remembered Places; Poetic Voice and
Language Analysis) is assessed during this component. Novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret
Attwood and poets such as Robert Browning and Carol Ann Duffy will be studied in this unit. An anthology with
the theme of Paris will also be focused on and analysed. This provides students with a balance of both
“literariness” and “Literalness” as it combines the best of both literary and nonfiction texts.
Component 2 – 2.5 hour exam
For this unit students are required to produce a creative and evaluative piece of writing based on source texts.
This suits students who are both creative and analytical. During this unit we will also study playwrights such as
Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and William Shakespeare. The focus of these plays will be “conflict in
drama” and will allow close and detailed analysis of the texts.
Component 3 - Coursework
This unit focuses on the spoken word. We will investigate an area of interest in both literary and non-literary
discourse. This will be student led and will focus upon either a technique or theme present in texts.
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above.You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English Language and Literature although an A*, A or B grade in either or both English subjects is preferred.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirk Hallam Community Academy directly.