The AQA English Language and Literature specification is a great choice for students who have enjoyed the creative writing element of the GCSE course, and are looking to extend their study of literary texts in a detailed, grammatical, and exciting way.
Students begin this course with an in-depth unit on Language Levels, which provides them with a toolkit for analysing texts in stylistic detail throughout their two-year course. Students then go on to study ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the Fantasy genre; poetry by either Robert Browning, Seamus Heaney or Carol Ann Duffy; ‘Othello’ as part of the tragic genre; and a collection of mixed-media texts such as blogs, advertisements, autobiographies and many more, based on experiences of the city of Paris.
Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 when students sit two examination papers, testing their study over the previous two years. Coursework is worth 20% of the final mark.
Students who are interested in a looking to study a wider range of texts than at GCSE, and who enjoy writing creatively, will find this course stimulating and rewarding.
For further information about the A level English Language and Literature course, please follow the link.