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AS English Language & Literature



Examining Board: AQA

Course Content: 

In this course, students explore the stylistics of the texts and the way in which meaning is shaped at both literary and linguistic levels. Students should consider this A Level if they enjoyed the analytical elements of their English Language GCSE and, also, have an interest in unpicking the ways in which meaning is produced at a micro level.


The A Level course is structured as follows:


Unit 1: Telling Stories (3 hour examination)

  • Remembered Places: analysis of nonfiction about Paris
  • Imagined Worlds: Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’
  • Poetic Voices: poems from Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Mean Time’


Unit 2: Exploring Conflict (2 hours 30 minutes examination)

  • Writing About Society: recast an episode of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and write a commentary that explores your approach
  • Dramatic Encounters: Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’


Unit 3: Making Connections (non-exam assessment)

  • An independent research task, where students explore a literary and nonliterary text, exploring the ways in which authors construct meaning whilst questioning the nature of ‘literariness’.


Link Tutor: Dr G. Watson