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English Language and Literature AS/A2 Level at Alton College

Course description

The course will allow you to discover the ways in which writers use language to inform, persuade and entertain their audiences, before giving you the opportunity to put this into practice in your own creative pieces.

You will study, analyse and compare a number of different texts for the course, such as broadcast interviews, sports commentaries, speeches and memoirs along with more traditional literary texts including modern playwrights, poets such as Philip Larkin, and novels such as The Great Gatsby. You will also complete a coursework assessment which will allow you to write both fiction and non-fiction.

You will learn how language works on different levels making connections in texts from all genres, some of these texts will be non-literary, and some will be spoken so you can explore how we convey ideas through speech as well as writing.

Course content

Lessons will be varied but will primarily be centred on the core areas of analysis and creative writing.

Lesson content may include:

  • experimentation with different writing styles, ranging from short stories to newspaper articles and advertisements
  • comparing real spoken texts with the imitation of speech in literature
  • small group or whole group analysis of texts
  • the discussion of literary themes and ‘voices’
  • discovering and analysing the differences between speech and writing
  • transcribing spoken conversations, real and recorded

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 A Level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas and A Levels.


Examination: 80% - exam questions totaling 6 hours. You will be asked to respond to unseen texts and texts from the genres of poetry, drama, prose and non-fiction texts which you have studied on the course.

Non-examination assessment: 20% this component includes your own creative writing.

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery, memory cards/disks and the literary texts being studied. It is helpful to attend theatre trips, but these are not compulsory.

Essential: £15.00 for literary texts.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is a recognised and respected A Level qualification, which demonstrates clear understanding of different writing styles. It is, therefore, a useful and worthy qualification in terms of the progression to university and/or a career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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