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English Language and Literature

Course requirements 

English Language C and English Literature B equivalents.

Course description 
  • AQA AS English Language and Literature 7706
  • AQA A2 English Language and Literature 7707

The specification is designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature enabling students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. Students engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. A variety of assessment styles are used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing which allows students to develop a wide range of skills The course has clear skills progression from GCSE. Both the AS and A level courses provide strong stand-alone qualifications. We aim to offer the two year full A level course, along with the one year AS course. 

AS Components

In the ‘Imagined Worlds’ part of the subject content, students explore the imagined worlds of a text which is characterised by an unusual narrative, narrator and events. Students study the text focusing on point of view, characterisation, presentation of time and space/place and narrative structure.

In the ‘Poetic Voices’ component students study poems from one of the four poets within an anthology focusing on the nature and function of poetic voice in the telling of events and the presentation of people. In the ‘Remembered Places’ element students study the AQA Anthology: Paris.

The anthology includes a wide range of text types with a particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary material. Students explore the ways in which writers and speakers present places, societies, people and events.

The AS also includes ‘Re-creative Writing’ in which students develop the skills to adapt and shape the original material to respond to different re-creative tasks. Students learn how to write a critical commentary to evaluate their writing by identifying specific examples of language in their writing and explaining their reasons for using them. 

A Level Components

In addition to the AS elements the A level further units are: ‘Writing about Society’ where Students study a text exploring the ways that writers present people, shape the narrative structure, reveal the speech and thought processes of the characters and narrator and use situations of conflict to express ideas. In addition, students develop the skills to adapt and shape the text to respond to different re-creative tasks. Students learn how to write a critical commentary to evaluate their writing. 

In ‘Dramatic Encounters’ students study one drama text exploring the ways that conflicts are presented and the meanings that can be inferred from the language use and context. Students analyse how playwrights represent natural speech, create character and use the idea of conflict to address the themes of the play. 

‘Making Connections’ requires students to write an independent study making connections between a literary text and non-literary material based on a chosen theme. 


AS Paper 1: Views and Voices – 1.5 hours exam

Section A: Imagined Worlds

Section B: Poetic Voices

AS Paper 2: People and Places – 1.5 hours exam

Section A: Remembered Places

Section B: Re-creative Writing

A Level Paper 1: Telling Stories – 3 hours exam

Section A – Remembered places

Section B – Imagined worlds

Section C – Poetic voices

A Level Paper 2: Exploring Conflict – 2.5 hours exam

Section A – Writing about society

Section B – Dramatic encounters

Non-exam Assessment

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500–3,000 words)


English Language and Literature is considered a suitable preparation for university study.