Skip to content ↓

English Language and Literature​​​​​​​

About the course:

A Level English Language and Literature

This course is designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, the course enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and explore these links in their work.  Students will engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi modal texts.

How will it be assessed:

Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A Level)

  • Remembered Places – the representation of place
  • Imagined Worlds – point of view and genre in prose
  • Poetic Voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.


Written Exam 3 Hours

100 marks

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A Level)

  • Writing about society – the role of the individual in society, recreative tasks based on set texts
  • Critical commentary evaluating own writing
  • Dramatic encounters – conflict in drama
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.


Written Exam 3 Hours

100 marks

40% of A Level

Non Exam Assessment (Coursework 20% of A Level

  • Making connections, an investigation on a chosen theme and text
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.


Assessed by teacher and Moderated by AQA

50 marks

Task: A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or  theme in both literary and non- literary discourse (2,500 to 3,000 words).

What is expected of you:

This specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging critically, creatively and independently with a wide range of texts.  Students will analyse literary and non- literary texts in a range of modes and genres.  Students will  develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting own their own processes of production.  The key areas of learning are: the representation of place, point of view, functions of the poetic voice, the role of the individual in society, conflict in drama and creative transformations.

What it prepares you for:

Higher Education

The skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation that you acquire studying A level English are attractive skills needed at university for a wide range of courses.  Degree courses in English are extremely popular and many students take advantage of the opportunity to study English Language or Literature as single honours or in combination with other subjects such as; history, psychology, modern languages, law, journalism, film and media studies, and sociology. 


The course would be good preparation for careers in law, journalism, the media, speech therapy,

teaching, publishing, writing, librarian, marketing and public relations.  However this list is not exhaustive there are numerous other fields in which strong communication and written English skills are key priorities.

Entry requirements:

You will need to have Grades 5-9 in the new GCSEs in order to undertake a course at this level.  It is an academically demanding course and you will need to have secured a good pass at GCSE in either English Language or English Literature and ideally in both. Additionally, we would welcome students who have enjoyed studying English at Mosslands, who have an interest in Literature and read widely, and who would like to develop their creative writing skills at a higher level.

For more information:

If you are an internal applicant, please talk to your English teacher about the possibility of studying English in the sixth form.  Alternatively, you may choose to talk to the subject leader

Miss J. Adley.

If you are an external applicant and would like more details about this course please email