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English Language & Literature AS/A2 Level at The Bulwell Academy

Course description


The course is suitably demanding, leading students beyond the levels expected at GCSE towards an independence in analysing and commenting on texts, thus providing a firm foundation for study in Higher Education.

Course content


During this course you will study four units as follows:

Unit 1 ELLB1F -Introduction to Language and Literature Study

This unit is an introduction to the study of language and literature using a short Anthology of texts. The unit requires candidates to study an Anthology of linked spoken and written texts which will offer them the opportunity to consider major literary genres and a range of non-literary texts. The chosen texts will offer candidates the opportunity to consider the development of language and style over time. The examination will require candidates to answer two questions: the first question will require candidates to respond to an unseen text which is linked by theme to the Anthology. The second question will be set on the Anthology and will require candidates to comment on significant features of the writers’/speakers’ uses of language and their attitudes towards a specified theme.

Unit 2 ELLB2 -Themes in Language and Literature

This coursework unit gives candidates the opportunity to study major prose genres, including fiction and literary non-fiction. The aim of this unit is to develop candidates’ reading and writing skills through the in-depth study of writers’ crafting. Assessment is by means of assignment. The assignment, which is in two parts, should be around 1500 words in length for Part A and around 850 words for Part B.

Unit 3 ELLB3 -Talk in Life and Literature

The emphasis in this unit is on spoken language. Candidates are required to study one play from a choice of four set plays which will include at least one work by Shakespeare. They will also be required to apply their skills and knowledge of literary and linguistic concepts and approaches to a variety of transcripts of real life spoken situations.

The aim of this unit is to allow candidates to identify and discuss the way meanings are constructed, conveyed and interpreted both in drama and in real life speech. Assessment will be by written examination of 2 hours (closed book). Candidates will be required to answer two questions.

Unit 4 ELLB4 -Text Transformation

This coursework unit requires candidates to choose two literary works from the selection of prescribed authors below and transform them into different genres. In this unit candidates apply the knowledge, understanding and insights gained from literary and linguistic studies, to transform the original work into a different genre or sub-genre, and to provide a commentary which reflects upon their work, demonstrating greater understanding of the creative process.

Assessment will be by the production of a coursework folder that includes the transformed texts and associated commentary or commentaries. The work will be assessed by the candidate’s teacher and these assessments will be moderated by AQA.


Entry requirements


Entry on to this course will require you to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths, minimum B grade in English Language and a C grade in English Literature.


% Written Exam 60%

% Coursework 40%

Future opportunities


  • Progression to higher education
  • Careers such as journalism, teaching, communications, politics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulwell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years