English Language and Literature


How long does it last? Two years for A Level and one year for AS Level.
Course Code: Edexcel 9ELO
Exam Board: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce15/eng-lang-lit/Pages/default.aspx

Students who take this course:
Students will be interested in exploring and developing their interest in both literature and language. They are keen to explore language, style and issues within fiction and non-fiction, written and spoken texts. Students will have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Course Description:
This course involves students interpreting, analysing and commenting on a diverse and thought-provoking range of both literary and linguistic texts, including novels, plays and poetry. In addition to responding independently to texts in a technically accurate way, students will get the chance to write creatively, inspired by the writers they are studying. The course offers students the opportunity to study a rich variety of literary genres, as well as improving speaking and listening skills and developing personal qualities.

Core Content:
Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing
Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts.

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

  • The study of Voice in Speech and Writing: An Anthology which includes examples of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century.
  • The study of a core drama text.

Assessment: Externally assessed unit. A written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level).

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

  • The study of a wide range of non-fiction texts on a chosen theme.
  • A comparative study of one prose fiction anchor text and another text (prose, poetry or drama).

Assessment: Externally assessed unit. A written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level).

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts.
The study of two texts (one fiction and one non-fiction) related to a chosen topic.

Assessment: Students will produce two assignments (20% of A Level).

  • Two pieces of original writing, one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction writing (1500- 2000 words).
  • Two analytical commentaries reflecting on the writing produced (1000-1250).