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English Language & Literature - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New Linear A Level 

Course content

The new A level requires the study of a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts including ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, ‘Mean Time’ by Carol Ann Duffy and a range of non-fiction and non-literary material in the ‘AQA Anthology: Paris’

Paper 1: Telling Stories

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (AQA Anthology: Paris and re-creative writing with a commentary)

Entry requirements

C grade or above in GCSE English literature. AND C grade or above in GCSE English language.


Two examinations (80%)

One non-examination assessment (NEA 2,500-3000 words) (20%)

Future opportunities

Students with an A level in English language and literature have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as history (modern or ancient), law, journalism, archaeology, American studies, and education.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

English language and literature is a fascinating and challenging course. Even if students believe their strengths are mainly in mathematical or scientific subjects, it will demonstrate their aptitude in a different area. It will identify students as individuals with a penetrating and analytical mind, and the ability to reflect on ideas and construct coherent arguments. It will also show that they have a creative flair with the English language and an ability to use it to craft emotive, engaging and purposeful and convincing written responses.

Over the course of their A level studies students will:

• Explore and analyse the set texts for study as well as a range of non-fiction and non-literary texts.

• Take an active part in lessons, give presentations, participate in group discussions and dramatise texts.

• Learn new linguistic concepts and use meta-language (the language used to discuss and explore language) with accuracy.

• Craft analytical and relevant essays with an increasing mastery of vocabulary.

• Develop independent research skills.

What other subjects compliment A Level English Language and Literature?

English language and literature is an interesting A level subject which works well in combination with all subjects. English language and literature students often study other subjects which require a similar skills base such as government and politics, English literature, R.E, psychology, music, modern foreign languages, sociology, and geography. Science and mathematics students often choose English language and literature as evidence of their ability in a humanities based subject.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in a department of committed staff who have experience in leading students to A level success in English language and literature. In 2015, 100% of our students achieved A to D grades. Students can expect well-structured lessons in which previous understanding is evaluated through quizzes, games and timed essays. Students will work individually and in groups, sometimes completing reading and analysis tasks and at other times preparing class presentations. Students can expect plenty of discussion and debate. Most note taking and research will be completed for homework to allow for time in lessons to explore difficult concepts or to consolidate understanding. What extra-curricular opportunities are there?


Theatre visits.

Master classes.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level English Language and Literature?

I would recommend English language and literature to those who are willing to learn about different types of texts. I would also recommend it if you enjoy reading a wide range of books and are looking to read texts which make you think outside the box. The course will be especially beneficial for people who enjoy creative writing as there are large parts of the course which involve you to write your own creative pieces. As well as learning about current affairs, you will also learn about events which happened in the past which have a large impact on events which happen today and events happening today which may have a long lasting impact in the future. I particularly enjoy the English language and literature course because it has enabled me to become a critical thinker and has enabled me to become more creative and confident with my own pieces of writing. You will also notice that your ability to analyse texts becomes much more advanced, detailed and creative, the simplest of ideas, you will discover, convey a lot more meaning than what you may initially think. As well as having teachers who encourage you to do your best, they are always willing to give you help and support during their free time. The English language and literature course also compliments subjects such as sociology, psychology, drama, history and performing arts. This is due to the fact that essays and writing which involves in depth analysis are required and being creative with how you word and structure your work. However, these are not the only subjects English language and literature compliment. Tannelle Lamont-Jacobs

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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