English Language & Literature


This course offers a wonderful opportunity to explore how language works on many levels and ways – both in ‘real life’ and in literature.


We rely on the language choices of a writer to make meaning in what we read. Our language is full of literary features and our literature would collapse without its linguistic frameworks. This course builds on the skills you have developed while studying GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature and enables you to harness the knowledge – past, present and future – of the power of the written and spoken word.  You will study a range of texts, both literary and non-fiction, as well as spoken language, within frameworks such as phonology and phonetics and contexts of production and reception.

Entry Requirements:

Please refer to the John of Gaunt Sixth Form entry requirements.

Course structure and assessment



Module Title Mode of Assessment Brief outline
1  Telling Stories

Written exam: 3 hours

Combination of closed and open book

100 marks

40% of A level

 Students will study three texts for this paper. The exam includes an essay question on an anthology of extracts about Paris, an essay question on the ‘Imagined Worlds’ prose text and an essay question on a collection of poems. 




Exploring Conflict


Written exam:  2 hours 30 minutes

Open book

100 marks

40% of A level


Candidates will use a set text to produce a piece of re-creative writing and a critical commentary in this exam and also an essay question on their drama set text.




Making Connections


Non-exam assessment

50 marks

20% of A level


Candidates will complete a personal investigation, exploring a specific technique or theme in literary and non-literary discourse. This piece will be between 2,500 and 3000 words and will be teacher assessed and moderated by AQA.

Special features:

We regularly run trips to the theatre or cinema, to view dramatic texts on stage. In addition, there are several opportunities to engage in ‘real-world’ scenarios where texts are produced.


AQA English Language and Literature

A level – 7707


Further study and career opportunities:

English Language and Literature may help if you wish to pursue creative subjects or careers, such as those involving drama, media, journalism and creative writing. However, as the course balances creative elements with key skills in analysis and essay writing, it will help you towards just about any career you have in mind.