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English Language and Literature GCE A level (AQA) at Chichester College

Course description

A Level English Language and Literature introduces students to a range of literary texts from different time periods, social attitudes and cultures. The course gives students the opportunity to develop independent approaches, and to undertake paired and group work. This develops critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meaning and evaluating the significance of contextual factors in a range of different texts.

Course content

The course is assessed by two examinations at the end of the year and a piece of independent study in the form of the course work

You will be taught 4.5 hours in the classroom a week split into two lessons. Learning is a combination of teacher-led discussions and activities based on student participation in the form of individual, paired and group work. Students are encouraged to share ideas and concepts and ask questions and explore their own opinions and views. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a grade C in English Language and English Literature to access the course.


There are 5 hours of exams at the end of this 2 year linear course, Paper 1: Telling stories (3 hours) and Paper 2: Exploring conflicts (2 hours). There is also a 20% coursework component. You will be assessed at the end of year one to see if you can progress to year two. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature can open doors to a wide range of job
prospects, with careers in teaching, law, journalism, publishing,
advertising, human resources and management to name but a few.

Further information

English Language and Lit is taught in the Language Dept (a dedicated
range of highly qualified English Lecturers). There are specified
teaching rooms all providing interactive whiteboards for annotating
work, presentations and watching film versions of the text. We have an
on campus library.
You will need to buy all set texts and you will be issued a reading list at the
beginning of the course. Please remember to bring pen, paper and a
folder to every lesson.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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