Why choose English Combined?
A Level Combined English Language and Literature is an accessible and stimulating course in which students engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. It is designed to enable students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work.
The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills.
These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.Back to top
What will I learn in Year 12 English Combined and how will it be assessed?
Telling Stories: Remembered Places
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. In this part of the subject content, students explore speech and other genres. They study a wide range of linguistic and generic features, as well as related issues around questions of representation and viewpoint in texts taken from a range of time periods. The anthology offers opportunities for detailed exploration of the ubiquitous nature of narrative and systematic study of the representation of place.
Telling Stories: Imagined Worlds
In this part of the subject content, students explore the imagined worlds of these texts which are characterised by unusual narratives, narrators and events. Students also consider key aspects of the texts which place them in particular contexts of production and reception.
Telling Stories: Poetic Voices
This part of the subject content is concerned with the nature and function of poetic voice in the telling of events and the presentation of people.
Telling Stories is assessed via examination.
Non-Exam Assessment: Making Connections
This part of the subject content focuses on language use in different types of text. It is called ‘Making Connections’ because it requires students to make active connections between a literary text and some non-literary material. The connections must be based either on a chosen theme or on the idea that particular linguistic strategies and features may occur in the different types of material. This area of the course provides an individualised experience for students, enabling them to demonstrate their ability to initiate and sustain independent enquiry. Texts prescribed for study for the examined units may not be chosen, but further texts by the same authors or from a similar source are acceptable. The nature of the non-literary material to be collected depends entirely on the focus of the task. A wide range of everyday texts and discourses in different genres and modes is possible. The non-literary material needs to qualify on the basis of forming a good source of data for students to use in their investigations.
What will I learn in Year 13 English Combined and how will it be assessed?
Exploring Conflict: Writing about Society.
In this part of the subject content, students explore the ways that writers:
• present people, their points of view and their relationships with others
• shape the narrative structure and present events/time/places
• reveal the speech and thought processes of the characters and narrator(s)
• use situations of conflict to express ideas about societies and their values.
Exploring Conflict: Dramatic Encounters:
In this part of the subject content, students explore the ways that conflicts are presented, the meanings that can be inferred from the language use and the contextual reasons for these conflicts. As part of their study, students analyse areas relevant to the study of drama and dramatic discourse, including how playwrights:
• represent natural speech features
• use language to create distinctively different characters
• show characters asserting power and positioning others via their language and behaviour
• use the idea of conflict to create dynamic narratives and address the wider themes of the play.
Exploring Conflict is assessed via examination.
How will I learn?
You will learn through a range of methods, including:
• Discovery of a range of novels, plays, and poetry.
• Discussion groups
• Independent study
• Observing performance
Combined English Language and Literature is accepted by universities for entry to English degrees, but also is welcomed as a qualification for the vast majority of degrees.Back to top
In common with all non-vocational A Levels, English Language and Literature is suitable academic preparation for a wide variety of careers, particularly those in which effective written communication is important.Back to top
Further Course Information
The course has an expectation that students will read widely across fiction, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction writing.Back to top