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English Language & Literature A Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


To go on enjoying all kinds of writing, including literature and non-fiction. Reading can illuminate many areas of human experience. Because the course encourages you to develop clear thinking and expression, it can support many other subjects.

You will study literature texts and a variety of non-literary texts such as magazines and leaflets.

You will study the theory and practice of how language works in speech and writing. You will enjoy active work on drama. You are likely to see a production and attend a language conference. You will be able to improve your skills and other people’s by working in groups and participating in peer-led assessment.


Course content


We discuss how language is used in both literature and a range of non-literary writing such as speeches and transcripts of conversation, service encounters and monologues. You will also learn to write commentaries about the writing process as well as edit a range of non-fiction texts from varied sources. At AS, you will study a variety of modern fiction and drama texts and will produce coursework on a set topic. A2 also includes coursework on independent research and study and an exam on poetry and drama.

Entry requirements


You will need grade B or higher in GCSE English and English Literature to benefit from this course. You should be someone who loves to read and discuss any kind of writing and who likes writing about her findings and her ideas.



AS in 2 units at the end of Year 12:

Unit 1 Exploring voices in Speech and Writing.

Unit 2 Creating Texts: thematic study.


A2 in 2 units at the end of the year.

Unit 3 Variation in Language and Literature: poetry and drama.

Unit 4 Presenting the World: topic-based research leading to

production of own writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2018

Key information

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