FREE Farlingaye High School iPhone & Android App

Farlingaye High School

English Language and Literature




Qualification type:



Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

5 in either English Literature or English Language


Subject description:

Do you enjoy reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts?  Exploring how stories are told?  Researching ideas and issues independently?  Then we have the perfect course for you!


English Language and Literature A Level is the newest addition to the subjects offered by the English Faculty.  It offers the best of both worlds and takes an integrated approach to the study of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Your will study a range of exciting literary texts from different time periods, explore how ideas and worlds are created through language, and compare similarities and differences across a range of genres.


The course is designed for you to build on the knowledge and skills gained at GCSE level.  It offers opportunities to develop your creative writing skills, to allow you to engage critically with language and to produce and evaluate your piece of original writing.

Units studied:

Paper 1: Telling stories

Section A: Remembered places (AQA anthology on Paris, closed book)

Section B: Imagined worlds (a prose text, open book)

Section C: Poetic voices (open book)


Paper 2: Exploring conflict

Section A: Writing about society

Section B: Dramatic encounters (open book)


Non exam assessment: Making connections- comparing literary and non-literary discourse.

How the course is assessed:

Paper 1: Telling stories (three hour exam, 40%)

Paper 2: Exploring conflict (two hour 30 minute exam, 40%)

Non exam assessment: Making connections (coursework 20%)

Post-18 opportunities:

As an essay based subject, English A Levels are always well considered by universities and further education institutions and this course combines detailed analysis of language with the development of skills as both a producer and interpreter of language. The course offers opportunities in media, journalism, law and teaching.


Teacher responsible: Mrs A Silvester