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English Language and Literature A Level at Collingwood College

Course description

This course encourages you to develop your interest in both language and literature. You will use both linguistic and literary-critical concepts and frameworks to comment on a wide range of texts in both spoken and written modes.

Course content

The A level course has three components: 2 exams and 1 coursework unit.

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing – 1 drama set text and an Anthology, Voices in Speech and Writing. 2 texts

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature – 2 texts from a chosen theme and a variety of non-fiction texts in preparation for responding to an unseen text.

Coursework – Investigating and Creating Texts – 2 texts on a chosen topic and you will produce 2 assignments.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C, including English Language and Literature. Your chances of success are greater if you have a Grade B in both GCSE English Language and Literature.


Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing
Written examination - 2 hours 30 minutes
Weighting: 40% of total A level

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature
Written examination – 2 hours and 30 minutes
Weighting: 40% of total A level

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts
Coursework – assessed by teachers; moderated by Edexcel. You will study a chosen topic and 2 texts related to the topic; one fiction and one non-fiction

You will produce two assignments:

Assignment 1 – two pieces of original writing: one fiction and one non-fiction.
Assignment 2 – one analytical commentary reflecting on the studied texts and the writing you have produced.
Weighting: 20% of total A level

Future opportunities

This is a well–respected qualification by almost all universities. The understanding of language gained on this course will prepare you for a wide range of English degrees, particularly in the areas of linguistics, creative writing and communication. Further, this course will enable you to progress on to a multitude of careers including journalism, PR, media and communications, and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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