English Language and Literature

English Literature and English Language AS and A2

The AS and A2 courses, which follow the Edexcel 9EL0 (AS) and 9EL01 (A2) specifications, provide progression from the GCSE English Language and Literature courses.  They combine literary and linguistic approaches to the study and creation of written and spoken texts. More details can be found at www.edexcel.com

Year 12 Course (AS)

Students will explore a variety of non-literary and digital texts contained the anthology as well as two texts connected to the theme of ”Society and the Individual”; they will be “The Great Gatsby” and “Othello”.

Students will begin with a bridging unit.  This will involve the revision or learning of technical terminology as well as an outlining of the level of depth and detail needed in written analysis.    Creative writing skills will be discussed and practised.  The central theme of “Society and the Individual” will be introduced and exemplified through extracts from “Pride and Prejudice”.

Unit 1: Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing

The first teacher will introduce students to the concept of ‘voice’ and the breadth of text types in Anthology.  The ideas covered will be: the influence of context; literary, linguistic and graphological conventions; language choices and their use to meet the writer or speaker’s purpose or audience’s expectations; precise selection of evidence;  the application of linguistic and literary terminology; how themes are established.  Students will learn to analyse the voice created in the anthology texts, compare them to unseen texts and use some of the concepts and techniques to create their own text transformations.

Unit 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

The second teacher will enable students to apply linguistic and literary methodologies to their interpretation of “Othello” and “The Great Gatsby”.  Different language levels such as phonetics, phonology, lexis and semantics, grammar and morphology, pragmatics and discourse, need to be integrated into analysis.  The structure of a text and its connection to genre, audience expectations and the writer’s intentions are also important aspects of the understanding developed by students.


By the end of Spring 1 students will have completed “Othello”, “The Great Gatsby” and the anthology.  They will be able to analyse language, structure and form in depth and will be prepared for the mock examination.  Students will also be able to create a variety of text transformations based on the anthology and be able to compare the anthology texts to unseen texts.  This will form the second paper on the mock.

Once the mock is completed students will receive feedback and the teachers will use the assessment to identify the key areas of development required.


Year 13 Course (A2)

Unit 3: Varieties in Language and Literature

Students  will apply knowledge of literary and linguistic concepts and approaches to make creative connections between texts and contexts. They focus on either two drama or two poetry texts, supported by wider reading of non-literary texts.  This is assessed by a 2 hour 45 minute examination.

Unit 4: Presenting the World

This is a unit of independent research in which students will have free range of texts to study from a range or writers in English, with a focus on the presentation of the human experience, as it is represented both personally and universally in literary and non-fiction texts. Students will produce a coursework folder of 2500-3000 words including both literary and non-fiction responses. A commentary will also be required.

How will students be taught?

A variety of teaching methods will be employed to develop their thinking, writing and analytical skills, as well as their confidence in presenting their own opinions. They will encouraged to lead as well as participate in seminar style lessons, undertake individual projects and work in small groups. Under staff guidance they will be encouraged to develop their own independent learning and research.

What can I do with this subject?

The knowledge gained of a range of literary and linguistic approaches and applications complements study of other subjects at A Level while also preparing students for the rigours of English studies at degree level.

This is recognised as a demanding academic subject by both universities and future employers in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, law, advertising, teaching, business communications and public relations as well editing, publishing and research.

The breadth and variety of career options in the subject is indicated by some of the many, many famous names who are English graduates: Renee Zellweger, Stephen King, Danny Boyle, Stephen Fry, Ian Hislop, Natasha Kaplinsky, Emma Thompson and Alistair McGowan.