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English: A Level English Language and Literature (WJEC Eduqas) at The Howard School

Course description

Students will learn how to:

• develop and apply understanding of concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language;

• use integrated linguistic and literary terminology in the reading and interpretation of texts;

• understand how language works in context focusing on how the texts were constructed and received;

• reflect on the connections between the various elements of their study, enabling them to explore how meaning is created;

• engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts;

• develop skills as producers and interpreters of language.

• make accurate references to texts and sources.

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.


Course content

This is a two year course – applicants must be prepared to commit to the full A Level. AS level is not an option.

• Students will be required to analyse concepts related to the writer’s craft in presenting plot, setting, characterisation, relationships, themes and style.

• Students will analyse non-literary texts in which they will be required to explore how meanings are shaped in texts, including how variations in language, form and context shape and change meanings.

• Students will show knowledge and understanding of relevant language levels, including knowledge of spoken forms.

• Students will be required to organise responses in a clear and effective academic style and register with coherent written expression.

• Students will demonstrate their expertise as producers of language, in relation to their accuracy and control of style for audience, purpose and form. This will be in the form of a non- exam assessment of 3,200- 3,500 words based on a critical and sustained study of prose genre. Students will then be asked produce two pieces of writing: one literary and one non-literary based on this research (20% of the qualification).

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Three exams will take place at the end of the two year course, two worth 30% of the overall A Level grade and the other worth 20% of the overall grade. Students will also complete a personal investigation, worth 20% of the overall grade.

Future opportunities

This A-Level encourages students to be critical analysts of the world around them. Students will able to appreciate the construction of language and meaning in a plethora of texts, including prose, poetry and non-fiction. Students will become widely read in a range of different genres. This course provides students with the opportunity to complete independent study to University standards. Literature and language are integrated on this course and thus students reap the benefits of gaining skills in investigative and theoretical discussion.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016

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