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English Language and Literature A level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

Studying this subject gives you the best of both worlds as you have the chance to develop your love of literature, reading a range of plays, poetry and novels, but you also explore non–literary texts and how language works in the world in general, for example, in the media, in conversations and on the internet. You will also produce writing in specific genres within the exam.

Course content

You will study six literary texts and three non-literary texts and an anthology based on the theme of Paris to consider the representation of place. You will explore the idea of imagined worlds through the study of either Dracula, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Lovely Bones or Frankenstein. You will study poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, John Donne or Robert Browning and examine how authors write about society in either The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, Into the Wild or The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. You will learn how to produce re-creative exam writing and critical commentaries evaluating your own stylistic choices. You will also study a play from a choice of Othello, All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire or The Herd. In addition, you will produce a 2,500-3,000 word investigation on a specific theme comparing a literary and non-literary text of your choice.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English and English Literature.


Examination – Paper 1 (Views and Voices) AS (50%) 1.5 hours

Examination – Paper 2 (People and Places) AS (50%) 1.5 hours

All assessment is via external examination following the AQA specification.

A Level: 
Examination – Paper 1 (Telling Stories) A Level (40%) 3 hours

Examination – Paper 2 (Exploring Conflict) A Level (40%) 3 hours

Non Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Personal Investigation) A Level (20%)

Assessment is via non-exam assessment which will be externally moderated and external examination following the AQA specification.

Future opportunities

English or Media-based degrees at university or careers in journalism, law, teaching, publishing, public services, and management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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