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English Language and Literature AS and A Level at York College

Course description

This is a thought-provoking course that enables you to read, discuss, analyse and write about a range of literature and language. You cannot combine it with either of the other English A Level specifications - it is a free standing, distinct course and not simply a combination of the other two.

Paper 1: Telling Stories

Section A: Remembered Places
Closed book question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)

Section B: Imagined Worlds
One question from a choice of two on prose set text (Open book - 35 marks)
Possible texts: Shelley’s Frankenstein, Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, Stoker’s Dracula.

Section C: Poetic Voices
One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (Open book - 25 marks)
Possible texts: Donne, Browning, Duffy, Heaney.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

Section A: Writing About Society
One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks) and Critical Commentary (30 marks - open book). Possible texts: Hosseini's The Kite Runner, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Section B: Dramatic Encounters
One question from a choice of two on drama set text (Open book - 45 marks)
Possible Texts: Miller’s All My Sons, Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire.

Non-exam Assessment: Making Connections

Personal investigation of a theme in literary and non-literary discourse.

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English Language and English Literature at grade B (grade 5) or above.


Paper 1 – 3 hour written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 100 marks.

Paper 2 – 2 hours 30 minutes written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 100 marks.

Non-exam Assessment - 2,500-3,000 words
20 per cent of A Level, 50 marks.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course, students may progress to HND or degree level study in such areas as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law and anywhere English is required. Students also have the opportunity to go into employment. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities and have used this A Level to support degrees in other subjects.

Further information

This course combines well with most other A Levels.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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