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English Language and Literature A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

Be transported to the bustling metropolis of Paris, experience gothic Victorian Britain, analyse a terrifying dystopian future, get in touch with your creative side. At A level, you can do all of this and more.

Do you enjoy expressing your opinion? Philosophising? Debating? Reading? Creative writing? Then this is the course for you…

English Language and Literature can help you to:

·  Develop analytical approaches to reading and the interpretation of texts.

·  Read a huge variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, including poetry, prose and the spoken word.

· Adapt texts to create a wide range of original writing pieces.

Course content

AS Level

Imagined Worlds

Step into the terrifying world of Offred, as she is forced to suffer at the hands of the Commander in a totalitarian regime in which even a conversation can get you killed. Margaret Atwood’s novel is a hotly debated and harrowing modern classic.

Poetic Voices

Experience the poetry of Robert Browning, which ranges from the beautiful to the bizarre to the deeply macabre.

Remembered Places

Study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts about Paris; one of the most aesthetic, fashionable, romantic, talked about and written about places in the world. Get creative by producing a wide variety of original writing based on the texts you have studied.


A Level

Writing About Society

Explore how writers present people, their points of view and relationships.

Critical Commentary

Learn how to write a critical commentary to develop and evaluate your own writing.

Dramatic Encounters

Explore the fascinating language, characters and conflicts of renaissance drama.

Making Connections

This coursework unit provides fantastic preparation for university. It develops your independent study skills, allowing you to explore an exciting variety of literary and non-fiction texts.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course would usually be 5 A*-C at GCSE including a C in English Language AND/OR Literature.  A B-grade in one of the two English GCSEs would be preferable, with good levels of written communication and a strong interest in reading desirable.


At AS level, you will sit 2 x 1.5 hr examinations:

Paper 1- Views and Voices

Paper 2- People and Places


At A-Level you wil sit one 3 hr examination : Remembered Places, Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices.

You will also sit a 2 hr examination: Writing About Society and Dramatic Encounters.

You will also complete a 20% piece of coursework: Making Connections, a personal investigation.  This will take the format of a dissertation 2500-3000 words.


Please note, that an AS level is now a stand-alone qualification, and will not count towards your A-Level grade.  AS and A-Level exams are both terminal assessments for a new linear course structure.


Future opportunities

Last year the majority of our English students went on to study English related courses at University, these included English, Journalism, Radio Journalism, Primary Education and Politics.

Further information

Staff Contact:

Ms Chuck, Head of English at Ralph Thoresby School.



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 November 2015
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