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English Language and Literature - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

At AS, you will study language and literature using an Anthology of literary and non-literary texts and a chosen set of paired texts. Further study focuses upon the ways in which different writers have approached similar subjects and the ways in which language and style are affected by change over time and contextual variation.

A2 includes coursework as a means of applying the knowledge, understanding and insights gained from literary and linguistic studies to transform an original work into a different genre or sub-genre.  You will demonstrate the use of appropriate terminology when analysing set texts. Drama texts are included at A2 level.

The study of English Language and Literature encourages students to develop their interest in both language and literature as interconnecting and mutually supportive disciplines.


Course content

Teaching will be through a range of approaches including whole class formal teaching, discussion, debate, individual and group work, investigation and presentations. An Anthology of texts is provided and set texts along with digital resources will be used as well as internet, videos, DVD’s and other historical and contemporary literature.

This allows students to develop as independent, confident and reflective readers and writers, giving a variety of opportunities to explore the relationship of language and literature through a wide range of reading opportunities, critical reading of and response to both literary and non-literary texts, as well as writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

This specification is one of a suite, which together with English Literature and English Language, is offered by the AQA in this subject area.


Entry requirements

Prior level of attainment at GCSE Grade C.

This specification assumes no prior knowledge or attainment but, clearly, candidates who have followed a course leading to GCSE English and/or English Literature will have attained valuable skills which can be further developed.

This qualification will provide candidates with the necessary skills to continue study in this subject at a more advanced level.



AS 2 units:

Introduction to Language and Literature Study:              
60% - Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Themes in Language and Literature:  
40% - Coursework

A2 2 units:

Talk in Life and Literature:
60% - Examination: 2 hours

Text Transformation:
40% - Coursework

Board: AQA

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature can be studied separately or as a single subject in Higher Education, and can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects.  It could form a good basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with, for example, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Law, Politics or Foreign Languages.

Further information

For further information, contact Mr Widd.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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