Haywood Sixth Form Academy Combined English Language & Literature

Courses

Combined English Language & Literature – A Level

This course incorporates both spoken and written English. Discussing fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry will hone students’ critical and analytical skills, as well as investigating how language works at word, sentence and text / discourse levels.

Across the full course students will study four texts in detail and be encouraged to read more widely on their own. These texts will range across poetry, prose and drama and across different periods.

Students will also study a further ‘non-literary’ anthology (i.e. non-fiction, essays, journalism), alongside their own personal investigation into a linguistic feature or literary theme.

Exam/coursework breakdown:

Paper 1: Views and Voices (50% of AS Level*)

Written exam lasting one hour and thirty minutes.

Paper 2: People and Places (50% of AS Level*)
Written exam lasting one hour and thirty minutes.

Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A Level)
Written exam lasting three hours.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A Level)
Written exam lasting two hours and thirty minutes.

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections (20% of A Level)
Investigation on a chosen theme and texts. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs Grade A* – C including maths and English.
Minimum grades B English Language and English Literature are essential.

Progression possibilities

This course is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses including speech and language therapy, education, English, English Literature, English & American Literature, linguistics, publishing, journalism, teacher training and creative writing.

* This is a two year A Level course. Students will be graded at AS Level at the end of Year 12 to benchmark their progress.