English Language & Literature


LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOAR: AQA

WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?

Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

This course encourages you to develop your interest and enjoyment in English. You will use linguistic and literary approaches in reading and interpretation of texts working with a range of spoken, written and multimodal material. This will also develop your skills as a writer.

WHAT WILL I STUDY AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

AS Subject content

Paper 1: Views and Voices

What’s assessed?
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

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
Section A – Imagined worlds
One compulsory question on prose set text (35 marks)
This section is closed book.
Section B – Poetic voices
One compulsory question on poetry set text (40 marks)
This section is closed book.

Paper 2: People and Places
What’s assessed?
Remembered places – the representation of place
Re-creative writing – adapting and shaping original material
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
75 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
Section A – Remembered places
One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)
This section is closed book.
Section B – Re-creative writing
One piece of re-creative writing using extract provided in Section A (15 marks)
Critical commentary (20 marks)
This section is closed book.

A-level Subject content

Paper 1: Telling Stories

What’s assessed?
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

Assessment
written exam: 3 hours
100 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A – Remembered places
One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks)
This section is closed book.
Section B – Imagined worlds
One question from a choice of two on prose set text (35 marks)
This section is open book.
Section C – Poetic voices
One question from a choice of two on poetry set text (25 marks)
This section is open book.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflic

What’s assessed?
Writing about society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts
Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
Dramatic encounters – conflict in drama
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessment
written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A – Writing about society
One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25 marks)
Critical commentary (30 marks)
This section is open book.
Section B – Dramatic encounters
One question from a choice of two on drama set text (45 marks)
This section is open book.

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections

What’s assessed?
Making connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Assessment
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA
50 marks
20% of A-level

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

 

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

Many Universities value students with an A Level in English as this demonstrates to them that the student is a bright, knowledgeable, academic candidate, who will be able to thrive in Higher Education. Studying English at A Level could lead into a career in Education, Law, Journalism, Media, Speech Therapy and Management. Through studying English at A Level, students will learn how to effectively articulate their ideas and opinions, a skill that is useful in most, if not all professions.