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English Language & Literature A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level course: Two Years

Component 1:

In Component 1 of Edexcel A Level English Language and Literature you will study:

  • A variety of non-literary and digital texts in Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology and one drama text from a prescribed list.
  • Copies of the anthology must not be taken into the exam. The assessed anthology text will be provided in the source booklet.
  • Two sections – students answer the question from Section A and the question from Section B.
  • Section A – Voices in 20th and 21st century Texts: one comparative essay question on one unseen extract selected from 20th- or 21st-century texts and one text from the anthology.
  • Section B – Drama Texts: one extract- based essay question on the chosen drama text. – Open book (clean copy of the text can be taken into the exam).

Component 2:

Varieties in Language and Literature (Examined Unit)

In this component you will study:

A wide range of non-fiction texts under the chosen theme (Encounters) in preparation for responding to an unseen text.

Two literary texts from the chosen theme (Encounters): one compulsory prose fiction (anchor text) and one other literary text (romantic poetry).


  • Society and the Individual
  • Love and Loss
  • Encounters – E.M. Foster ‘A Room With a View’
  • Crossing Boundaries

Section A – Unseen Prose Non-fiction Texts: one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract. The unseen extract is linked to the studied theme (Encounters).

Section B –Prose Fiction and Other Genres: One comparative essay question on one prose fiction anchor text and one other text from the theme (Romantic Poetry Collection).

Entry requirements

GCSE Language at grade B, English Literature at B is desirable although not essential. If only one English was taken, must have at least A in this subject.

GCSE Average 5.2 or above, including 5 C grades.


80% exams, 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

A good understanding of English is useful for a wide range of careers but many students often move into further study or employment in education, law, social work and media.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to explore creative writing. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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