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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

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A Level Combined English Language and Literature

Eduqas Combined English Language and Literature A-Level


Why study A-Level English Language and Literature?

If you enjoy creative writing as well as studying literature then this A-Level is for you.  Designed to promote the integrated study of English Language and English literature, it enables you to develop your intellectual maturity through exploring a range of literary and non-literary texts.  You will be able to develop the skills required to be critically reflective, consider other viewpoints, be independent; make connections across a range of texts and to understand and evaluate the effects of a variety of contexts as well as creating your own texts.  It is also a highly respected A-Level qualification that will help you gain a university place as well as giving you the opportunity to develop skills that are invaluable in the wider world of higher education and the world of employment.

What will I be studying?

You will study a wide range of spoken and written texts from different times and be required to show knowledge of some of phonetics, phonology, prosody, lexis and semantics, grammar including morphology, pragmatics and discourse. Through learning linguistic terminology, you will be able to articulate more precisely your perceptions about literary and non-literary texts and demonstrate understanding of how language choices shape meanings in texts; ways in which individual texts are interpreted by different readers or listeners; how linguistic and literary approaches can inform interpretations of texts; ways in which texts relate to each other and to the contexts in which they are produced and received and the significance of contextual factors in the production and reception of texts.

How will I be assessed?

The A-Level English Language and Literature course consists of four components:

Component 1: Poetry and Prose.  Written Examination, 2 hours, 30%

Section A: Poetry (open-book, clean copy):  One question from a choice of two based on the WJEC English Language and Literature Pre-1914 Poetry Anthology plus an unseen text published post-1914.

Section B: Prose (open-book, clean copy):  One question from a choice of two, presented in two parts, based on one of the following texts:

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Great Expectations – Charles Dickins
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Color Purple – Alice Walker


Component 2: Drama, Written Exam, 2 hours, 30%

Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book):  One compulsory extract-based task and one essay question from a choice of two based on the reading of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Section B: Post-1900 Drama (closed-book):  One question from a choice of two based on the reading of one of the following plays:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
The History Boys – Alan Bennett
Translations – Brian Friel
Kindertransport – Diane Samuels
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams


Component 3: Non-Literary Texts.  Written Examination, 2 hours, 20%

Section A: Comparative analysis of spoken non-literary texts: Comparative analysis of three unseen spoken language non-literary texts.

Section B: Non-literary text study (closed-book): One two-part question based on one of the following non-literary texts

Once in a House on Fire – Andrea Ashworth
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Skating in Antarctica – Jenny Diski
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – David Eggers
Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell

Component 4: Critical and Creative Genre Study, non-exam assignment, 3,200-3,500 words, 20%.

Section A:  Write up to 1,500 words in a critical and sustained study of a prose genre.  We are currently focusing on the Gothic genre.

Section B:  Two creative writing assignments (one literary/one non-literary).

What do I need to study Language and Literature at A’ Level?

We expect students to have achieved a minimum grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and Literature. You also need to be a keen and prolific reader of good quality literature, be able to engage in debate and discussion which might challenge your ideas and be prepared for independent study and research.


Where do I get more information?

If you would like to find out more about the Eduqas A-Level course, please speak to Major Cottrell. You can also find further details on the Eduqas website: