Department Leader: Stephanie Power

The examination board for this qualification is AQA.

Our A-level English Language and Literature specification draws on the academic field of Stylistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course which brings together literary and non-literary discourses.

Students should be prepared to cover a whole range of concepts and ideas from the following topics:

In Year 12

Students will complete an introductory unit on stylistic analysis.  They will learn how to analyse texts using a series of language levels.

  • Students will study a collection of non-fiction texts and extracts based on the theme of Paris.  They will be expected to complete detailed stylistic analysis of these and apply their learning to the contexts of culture and society: people and places.
  • Using the same Anthology of texts students will select short extracts and re-cast the content into new text forms, writing for different audiences and purposes and with different genre conventions.  They will learn to write thorough analytical commentaries of their own writing.
  • Students will complete a study of two focus literature texts.  Currently they work on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and a collection of poetry by John Donne.  The theme connecting these texts is how writers construct imagined worlds through point of view, place and character.

All these literature texts are based around the theme of People and Places, and Views and Voices.
Students will complete a formal mock at the end of Year 12 based on this content.

In Year 13

The topics covered in Year 12 will be:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and John Donne’s poetry
  • The collection of texts from the Paris Anthology


The topics covered in Year 13:

  • A study of a play text, The Herd by Rory Kinnear
  • Students will read and analyse a The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and will apply their skills of textual recasting to work content into new forms and styles.  They will be required to write a formal commentary on the recasting.

Additionally, students will be asked to complete a language and literature independent investigation, where they select and collect their own texts and connect the literary and linguistic worlds in stylistic analysis.  This piece forms the non-examined unit for the course (coursework).

A full reading list will be provided.  Students should already be hearty readers with a genuine interest in literature.  The following website lists a huge range of books students can read as a supplement to the course reading:

In addition, students should be prepared to research literary criticism and language theory.  There are lots of articles and summaries online.  Starting places might be:

Shmoop does a good summary of literary criticism in a very accessible style.  You can access the feminist criticism from here: but the site contains other theories too.

The ‘Universal Teacher’ website includes a number of tutorials and summaries relating to language and literary texts.  It can be accessed here:

Students should also be prepared to read newspapers when they can.  Either the online versions or paper copies are fine.

Any queries about this course can be directed to Mrs Brown at

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