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English Literature and Language A-Level at Baxter College

Course description

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, this new specification enables you to understand how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. 

Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows you to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps. 

Content Units of Study

The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing enables you to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, all of which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. 

There are two assessments at A Level 

Paper 1: Telling Stories - a written exam of 3 hours - 40% of A Level. 1 question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks); 1 question on prose set text (35 marks) and 1 question on poetry set text (25 marks). 

Paper 2 - Exploring Conflict - written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A Level. 1 piece of re-creative writing using the set text + a critical commentary, and 1 question on the drama set text. 

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities on both papers. 
Non-exam assessment: Making Connections - an investigation on a chosen theme and texts, about 2,500 - 3000 words. It is assessed by your subject teachers and constitutes 20% of the A Level. 


English Language-Literature A Level links well with a range of other Key Stage 5 subjects; such as Art, History or Performing Arts. However, as it will also enable you to enhance and develop your skills of analysis, discussion and enquiry, you will find that the English Language-Literature course helps you with your studies whatever other subjects you are taking. In terms of moving beyond BW6, English Language-Literature is obviously a great qualification to have if you are intending to pursue your English studies at degree level but also if you are interested in studying Art, Media, Linguistics, Law, Journalism, Performing Arts or Drama at university level - or a course which would qualify you to be a teacher, whether at primary or secondary level.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the English Language-Literature A Level course you need to have gained at least 5 A* - C GCSE grades which must include preferably a B grade for your English GCSE and a B grade for your English Literature GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

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