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English Language and Literature A level at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The aim of this syllabus is to give you a knowledge and appreciation of the richness of the most widespread language on the planet. To achieve this you will explore many examples of prose (English fiction and non-fiction; formal and informal speech; the language of newspapers and so on) poetry and drama. You will study the varying ways English is used for different purposes and settings

Course content

The new specification will enable you to develop integrated literary and linguistic analysis. The set texts will be analysed using the appropriate terminology and you will develop your writing skills to be able to write fluently and coherently in response to questions.

AS Level:

Unit 1 Views and Voices (Written examination, closed book, 1 hour 30 minutes) will cover:

Point of view and genre in prose, the forms and functions of the poetic voice.  You will learn about how and why views and perspectives of different kinds are shaped and used in narrative.   Methods of language analysis will be integrated throughout your study of one novel and a collection of poetry.

 Unit 2 People and Places (Written examination, closed book, 1 hour 30 minutes) 

Through study of an anthology of non-fiction texts you will learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told and the ways in which writers and speakers present stories.  You will also produce re-creative work and write a critical reflection on your writing. 

A2 Level:

Unit 1 Telling Stories (Written exam, open book, 3 hrs) 

You will revisit prose and poetry texts studied in the AS year continuing your analysis of representation of real and imaginary worlds making careful consideration of personal perspectives. 

Unit 2 Exploring Conflict (Written exam, open book, 3hrs) 

In this unit you will study one novel and one play, learning how language choices help to construct ideas on conflict between people and their societies.  You will explore concepts such as power and identity and analyse how interactions are presented in texts.  You will produce re-creative work that identifies alternative perspectives in the set texts you have studied.

Unit 3 Making Connections (Non-exam assignment)

You will work towards the production of an academic report outlining your exploration of language used in literary and non-literary material.  You will select texts to study with guidance from your tutor.

Entry requirements


Application and successful interview and required grades.


Full level 2


Minimum of 5 GCSE's achieved at Grade 4 (C) or above to include English/English Language and Maths.  Grade 6 (B) in English preferred but grade 5 (high C) may be considered.

Offers are subject to a satisfactory School Report. 


AS = 2 examinations. A Level  = 2 examinations plus 1 piece of coursework

Future opportunities

A Level English Language & Literature is valued highly by employers and Higher Education admissions tutors. Good reading and writing skills are essential whatever career path you wish to follow.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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