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English Language and Literature A Level (AQA) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

English Language and Literature A-Level will be examined at the end of the two years.  There is also an alternative option to do a stand-alone AS Level that can be incorporated into the first year of the two year A Level.  This is how we will be teaching and assessing at Hampton College.  Please remember, that you will still need to take a variation of the Year 12/AS exam again at the end of the two years to fulfil the requirements of the two year A Level course.


  • The course focuses on a combination of literary, linguistic and creative approaches to the study of texts.


  • The focus of the ‘Personal Investigation’ is the exploration of a theme or technique in both literary and non-literary discourse.


Year 12/AS:    Component 1: Views and Voices. Possible texts: Alice Sebold’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ or Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the poetry of Carol-Ann Duffy or Robert Browning.

                        Component 2: People and Places. Exploring non-fiction texts. Re-creative writing and commentary writing.


Year 13:           Component 1: Telling Stories (same possible texts as Component 1 in the AS Level, but with an additional section based on the AQA Anthology: Paris from AS Component 2.

                         Component 2: Exploring Conflict in prose and drama. Possible texts: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ or Khaled Husseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’ and Tennessee William’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ or Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.


                         Component 3: Non- Exam Assessment – Making Connections. A personal analytical investigation into an area of interest chosen by the student.



Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature


Year 12/AS:    Component 1 (1 hr 30 minutes closed book exam) and Component 2 (1 hr 30 minutes closed              book exam). AS qualification.


Year 13:          Component 1 (3 hour written exam – open book) plus Component 2 (2 hours 30 minutes’ exam                     - combination of open and closed book) and Non-Exam Assessment (a personal investigation                         of between 2,000-3,000 words).

Future opportunities

Your experience of the course will equip you to argue a viewpoint in speech and writing and will develop your critical sense and your awareness of the subtle effects of language, form and structure.  It will give you the stimulus to develop your own values and outlook on life, as well as an appreciation of the richness of literature and more advanced linguistic study. In addition, there are opportunities for crafting your own written style and developing creative texts of your own. Your qualification in English Language and Literature at A Level will help you in the pursuit of almost any career - as skill and confidence in the use of language is of obvious relevance in all walks of life.

Further information

The study of Language and Literature links particularly well with most Humanities subjects, Drama and Social Sciences.

Contact Mrs Allen, Head of Department, via email her at

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: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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