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English Language and Literature - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

What does the course aim to do?

To encourage students to study Language and Literature as interconnecting disciplines in order to deepen their understanding and enjoyment of these studies.

How will I study?

Methods are extremely varied. Texts will be studied in group and class settings, with much individual work in preparation and follow-up. You will be expected to make spoken presentations of the results of your study to the group as well as in essay form. Your language work will involve practical investigations as well as theoretical topics.

Course content

There are 4 components to be completed for the A Level course. Three are exam based assessments, and one is assessed via coursework.

Component 1 Poetry and Prose

Section A Poetry (open-book, clean copy)

Students will answer one question from a choice of two based on the WJEC/EDUQAS English Language and Literature Pre-1914 Anthology plus an unseen text published post-1914.

Section B Prose (open-book, clean copy)

Students will answer one question from a choice of two, presented in two parts, and based on the reading of a prose fiction text. The first part will be based on the reading and understanding of an extract from the text, and the second will be an essay examining the understanding of the whole text.

Component 2 Drama

Section A Shakespeare (closed-book)

Students will answer one compulsory extract-based task and one essay question from a choice of two based on the reading of a Shakespeare play.

Section B Post-1900 Drama (closed-book)

Students will answer one question from a choice of two based on the reading of one play written post 1900.

Component 3 Non-Literary Texts

Section A Comparative Analysis of Spoken Non-Literary Texts

Students will compare and analyse 3 unseen spoken language non-literary texts.

Section B Non-Literary Text Study

Students will complete one compulsory two-part question based on the reading of a novel sized non-literary text. The first part of the question will be extract based, and the second part will be whole text based.

Component 4 Non- Exam Assessment

Section A Genre Study

Students will complete a critical and sustained study of a prose genre. The word count for this task is 1500 words.

Section B Related Creative Writing

Students will complete two writing assignments related to the genre studied. One will be a short story and the other will be a non-literary piece based on the same genre (for example a talk or a speech). The word count for each piece is 850-1000 words.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

Grade 6 English Language and Grade 6 English Literature


There is a mixture of end of course examinations and coursework submission: Component 1:

Poetry and Prose Written examination – 2 hours – 30% of qualification

Component 2:

Drama Written examination – 2 hours – 30% of qualification

Component 3:

Non-Literary Texts Written examination – 2 hours – 20% of qualification

Component 4:

Critical and Creative Genre Study Non-exam assessment: 3200-3500 words – 20% of qualification

Future opportunities

The course’s emphasis on you as a user of language, as well as someone who analyses it and theorises about it, gives it great practical value. The stress on non-literary as well as literary writing means that it combines well with all types of subject in sixth form courses. It is an excellent grounding for a range of degree courses, including English Studies.

Further information

Am I suited to this subject?

The subject will appeal to students looking for a natural progression from GCSE English and/or English Literature who wish to continue varied academic work in English, studying a broad range of texts which have been chosen for their literary and linguistic qualities.

What will I need to do myself?

There will be regular assignments involving various types of work: recording and transcribing, collecting and analysing material, summarising information and theory, as well as producing your own writing and formal discussion essays. You will have regular study assignments in a selection of texts, as well as being expected to undertake and sustain a substantial independent reading programme.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study English Language & Literature?

Students who take this subject at Canon Slade always gain excellent results at both AS and A Levels. It is taught by highly qualified staff who thoroughly enjoy their subject. Universities see Language and Literature as a strongly academic subject – and Canon Slade staff always expect nothing less than the best!  

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 01 November 2016
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