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English Language and Literature A level at Wood Green School

Course description

The course has been designed to have a focus on the integration of language and literature. Students will be able to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and will explore these links in their work. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research- based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English or English Language / English Literature and one pass at grade C or above in English Language or English Literature.


AS Level – 2 written examinations. Unit 1: Views and Voices – 50% This unit explores ideas of ‘Imagined Worlds’ through the study of a prose text and also ‘Poetic Voices’ through the study of a chosen poet. It is assessed by a 1½ hour, closed book, written examination in which students are asked to write analytically about the 2 set texts. Unit 2: People and Places - 50% This unit explores the representation of place in an anthology of texts. It is assessed by a 1½ hour, closed book, written examination in which students write both analytically and re-creatively in response to the selected text.

A Level – 2 written examinations and one piece of written coursework Unit 1: Telling Stories - 40% This unit explores a range of texts. Some are non-fiction and/or non-literary and are united by ideas about ‘Places’. ‘Poetic Voices’ and ‘Imagined Worlds’ are also explored, incorporating the study of poetry and prose respectively. It is assessed by a 3 hour written examination which is a mix of closed and open book and requires students to write analytically using both linguistic and literary frameworks. Unit 2: Exploring Conflict – 40% This unit explores the way in which writers present society and relationships in both prose and drama. It is assessed by a 2½ hour, open book, written examination which requires both analytical and re-creative responses. Unit 3: Making Connections -20% This unit is a coursework unit which requires students to be skilled independent readers. Students will produce a 2,500 – 3,000 word personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non- literary discourse.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature combines particularly well with History and Drama. Students interested in any Higher Education courses and careers such as journalism, teaching, Media Studies and Communication will find AS or A-Level English Language and Literature useful.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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    • Our Sixth Form is a thriving, vibrant and active community of some 200 students, which continues to attract applicants from many other schools. There is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in which students feel at home.  We offer an extensive choice of over 30 subjects at AS and A2, including new vocational courses from September 2014.


      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


      We have a taxi service, ferrying students between the two venues, at no cost to students.


      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.