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English Language & Literature A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

Unit 1: Integrated Analysis and Text Production. This unit introduces the combined language and literature analysis by developing your ability to write fluently and coherently using accurate terminology to support your analysis of a set text. You study two set texts, using one as the basis for conventional literary study, and the other as a starting point for a piece of creative language production. In the past, texts studied for this unit have included: “Property” Valerie Martin, “The Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini, “Wuthering Heights” Emily Bronte and “A Streetcar Named Desire” Tennessee Williams.

Unit 2: Analysing Speech and It’s Representation. In this unit you will study speech in a variety of situations. You will build on your English Language GCSE study of speech by focusing on spontaneous speech and the way conversations work in various situations. You also study a further set text, focusing on the way an author represents speech in a prepared text such as a novel. Text for this section of the course include: “The Lovely Bones” Alice Sebold, “Great Expectations” Charles Dickens, “Waiting for Godot” Samuel Becket, and “Othello” William Shakespeare.

Unit 3: Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation. The first unit in year 13 focuses on the skill of analysis and takes a production task from the set text “A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad” Don George and Anthony Sattin.

Unit 4: Comparative Analysis Through Independent Study. The final unit is worth 20% of the A Level and is coursework. You will be given a free choice of question based on two set texts, one of which will be poetry. You will write about 2000-2500 words. Poets studied in the past include: Billy Collins, D H Lawrence, Robert Frost and Philip Larkin.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

B in English


Unit 1 is examined by a 1 hour 30 minute exam in June of the first year. It is worth 50% of the AS Level (or 25% of the A Level). You will be expected to write creatively and analytically.

Unit 2 is also a 1 hour 30 minute exam in June. It is worth 50 % of the AS Level (or 25% of the A Level). You will be expected to analyse a spoken transcript and representations of speech within a set text.

At A Level, you will have an exam and coursework to complete.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied the combined English Language and Literature course at A Level frequently progress to studying English at university. A qualification in this area forms the foundation for a wide range of careers including teaching, banking, insurance, the civil service, the sciences, publishing and all levels of executive management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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