Do you enjoy reading in all its forms, from novels and film scripts to social media?
Would you like to explore the ways in which people communicate through speech and writing?
Edexcel A Level Language and Literature offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of literary, non-fiction and media texts, through both literary and linguistic perspectives.
It also enables students to create their own writing portfolios inspired by wider reading themes.
The course encourages students to develop their interest and enjoyment in English, as they:
The A2 Units
Important note: A2 is not a standalone qualification. You need to have taken units 1 and 2 with Units 3 and 4 to achieve the full A-level.
Unit 3 - (6EL03): Varieties in Language and Literature
Option Block - Family Relationships
Unit 3 is worth 30% of the A-level.
Assessment is by written examination in May/ June of year of study. The examination lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The 6EL03 written examination is in two sections.
In Section A, you will be analysing unprepared prose linked to the theme of Family Relationships. These unseen extracts will be provided in a source booklet given to you in the examination.
In Section B, you will respond to the paired drama texts that you have studied. You will be expected to make connections and comparisons across and between the plays.
Students will need to bring clean copies of the set texts into the examination:
Set texts: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Unit 4 - Presenting the World - Unit code 6EL04
This unit carries 20% of the total marks for the A Level.
Assessment is by coursework portfolio. This is completed throughout the year and submitted to your examination centre in April so marks can be awarded.
Wider reading will be used to support you in producing one non-fiction text, one literary text and a detailed evaluative commentary.
Word limits are as follows:
- 2500-3000 words maximum own writing for the literary and non-fiction pieces;
- 1000 words maximum for the commentary.
The pieces you write will be based on your own thematic study of texts and topic-based research. At A2 you will be given a choice of topics to work from. Your wider reading should be made up of the study of one substantial text which links to your chosen theme and further research using a range of texts.
The course materials for Unit 4 are designed to support you in the writing process as you plan, draft and write your own texts.
Additional resources – What else will I need?
Set texts You will need a clean copy of each of these to take into the examinations:
- The Color Purple Alice Walker
- All My Sons Arthur Miller
- A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
Details of the editions currently permitted by the examination board can be found on www.edexcel.org.uk.
Recommended course texts
In addition Edexcel have published supporting text books for both AS and A2 courses should you require additional guidance. The textbooks clearly outline the assessment requirements for each unit and offer specific guidance on improving and refining reading and writing skills.
- Edexcel A2 English Language and Literature: Student Book ISBN 978-1846902468