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A Level English and Literature at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

We have yet to decide on the A Level specification though for the Literature it is most likely that we will focus on a Shakespearean tragedy in Year 12. In order to prepare for this we are planning to take a group of Year 11 students to see ‘Othello’ at The Globe Theatre in March 2015. 

It is very likely that we will teach both AS and A Level together which means students will sit the AS exam at the end of Year 12. The AS Level will be a separate qualification and will not be worth 50% of the A Level as is currently the case. For students who continue with the two year course, the texts they study in Year 12 will also feature in the final A Level exam. There will be no coursework at AS Level as is currently the case; the coursework element which will be known as ‘Non Exam Assessment’ is worth 20% of the final A Level and will be completed in Year 13.

Course content

Regardless of the board the AOs are as follows:


AO1: Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using

associated terminology and coherent written expression

• AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts

• AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are

produced and received

• AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods

• AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.


The content covered for English Language & Literature will include drama, plays, poetry, non-fiction (e.g. articles, blogs and travel writing) and creative writing.  It is the inclusion of non-fiction and creative writing, as well as the extra focus on linguistic approaches that differentiates the Literature

A Level courses from the Language & Literature.

Entry requirements

It is preferred that students have 2 B grades at GCSE English Language and English Literature. Applications from students with BC will be considered.

Future opportunities

A degree in English is universally recognised as a ‘heavyweight’ subject which employers will recognise and be likely to give preference for in a competitive job market.

A degree in Law, Architecture, History – most degree courses would welcome an A Level English qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years