English Language and Literature A level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


We study Edexcel English Language and Literature specification which allows you to:
• use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in the interpretation of texts
• engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between them
• develop skills as producers and interpreters of language in a sustained and independent way


You will pursue the study of literature and language through the study of a minimum of six texts from the genres of prose fiction, poetry, drama and non-literary texts.
Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing
This component has a focus on the concept of ‘voice’ and how voices are created in literary, non-literary and digital texts. The set text is A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. You will also study an anthology of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature
The component focuses on the ways in which different writers convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme in literary and nonfiction writing. You will study three texts exploring the theme of Society and the Individual, as well as a range of non-fiction texts on the set theme in preparation for an unseen text in the examination. The set texts are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Othello by William Shakespeare and/or The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin.
Component 3: Coursework - Investigating and Creating Texts  
The coursework has been designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills as a writer, crafting their own original texts for different audiences and purposes. You will study two texts that link to either the topic of The Struggle for Identity or War and Conflict to produce two creative assignments and 
one analytical piece.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Written examination (40%)
Open book, 2 questions, 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 2: Written examination (40%)
Open book, 2 questions, 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 3: Coursework (20%)
Including two pieces of original writing and one analytical commentary (2500–3000 words in total)

Entry requirements

As this course builds on GCSE skills, you should have GCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature of at least Grade 6 or above.