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This A level course is based on the Edexcel Advanced General Certificate Education; (A-GCE) Specifications (issue 3) for English Language & Literature, which became available from 2015 examination series.

The Learning programme for the student, offers choice and scope in regards to the wider study of: Voices in Speech &Writing; and Varieties in Language and Literature.  The course follows the core aims of the Edexcel framework, (students can also prepare with this material to sit the Edexcel Examination) which are to:

Define and assess achievement of the knowledge, skills and understanding that will be needed by students planning to progress to undergraduate study at a UK higher education establishment, particularly (although not only) in the same subject area, for example: English, English Literature and English Language.

A Level English Language + Literature programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

A Level English Language + Literature Course Duration

1 year.

Study Hours Required

Approximately 350 hours.

Awarding Body

Pearson Edexcel

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.

Examination Information

Students are required to arrange and pay for their Fast Track A Level English Language + Literature examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.

A Level English Language + Literature Course Content

The whole ‘A’ level has TWO (2) specific components which are presented in six (6) easy to follow units of study, which are sub-divided into themes of learning, the components are;

A Level English Language + Literature Units: 1, 2 & 3: – Voices in Speech and Writing

This component has an explicit focus on the concept of ‘voice’. Students will study how spoken voices are formed and written voices created in literary, non-literary and digital texts. Students will develop their understanding of how writers and speakers shape and craft language to present an identity or persona, and will look at connections between texts as well as the significance and influence of context.

Students will study a wide range of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th- and 21st centuries. Teaching will be supported by Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology provided by Pearson free of charge.

The anthology has been designed to introduce students to the ways in which ‘voices’ are used or crafted in a variety of non-literary and digital genres, encouraging the analysis of linguistic and literary features and generic conventions in a range of non-literary and digital forms. The anthology contains a variety of non-literary and digital texts from different forms, such as interviews, broadcasts, podcasts, blogs, screenplays and travelogues. This anthology constitutes a non-literary set text for this qualification and will be assessed in Section A of the examination. Students will also study one literary drama text from the prescribed list below, giving them the opportunity to study how writers create different voices within a literary genre.


A Level English Language + Literature Units: 4, 5 & 6: – Varieties in Language and Literature

This component focuses on the ways in which different writers convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme in literary and non-fiction writing. Students will develop their understanding of how writers use language techniques and literary devices to craft their work and communicate ideas or issues, making connections between texts as well as looking at the significance and influence of the contexts in which they were produced and received.

Students will study one theme from a choice of four (4): Society & the Individual; Love & Loss, Encounters and; Crossing Boundaries.  Each theme will offer the choice of two prose fiction anchor texts and a choice of five other texts from the genres of prose fiction, drama and poetry. In addition to the study of two literary texts within a theme, students will also be expected to read widely across a range of non-fiction genres in preparation for responding to an unseen extract in Section A of the examination. Students will explore and evaluate the ways different writers convey similar themes and issues in different texts.


A Level English Language + Literature Coursework Submission

The Coursework element is in addition to the six internally marked assignments, one for each of the units being studied. Marking of this coursework is initially internal by the tutor, but is moderated and final graded by the Edexcel Examiner and included as part of the final outcome result for the A level qualification.

The non-examination assessment component has been designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills as writers, crafting their own original texts for different audiences and purposes. In exploring the various forms of writing and the ways different writers use linguistic and literary techniques in texts, students will acquire the synthesised knowledge and understanding required to produce original pieces of writing. This component permits students to pursue their own interests, applying the skills they have developed to investigate a topic they are interested in.

Students will produce the two (2) assignments:

Assignment 1: two pieces of original writing, one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction writing.

Assignment 2: one separate analytical commentary reflecting on the studied texts and pieces of writing they have produced.