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Combined A Level English Language and Literature

Why study Combined Language and Literature?


You love reading: modern novels, plays, poetry but also digital media texts, opinion articles, political speeches. You love exploring texts in context, characterisation, narrative style and structure but you also love examining writers’ choice of language and how it shapes meaning in the text. You also love writing and want the chance to be able to use language creatively and to develop your own style. If this sounds familiar, we think you’re going to enjoy Combined Language and Literature.   

What texts do we cover and when should I start reading?

The information below shows the texts that we cover on the Combined A Level programme. We study an anthology comprising a variety of texts from different genres first so you can familiarise yourself with some of the conventions of these genres by looking at famous speeches, autobiography extracts, opinion articles and blogs. We also read A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams in the first year, so it’s never too soon to introduce yourself to Blanche, Stanley, Stella and Mitch!   

Want more to read?

Great! Start thinking about what kind of stories you are interested in: dystopian, gothic, travel writing, personal accounts? Look at a range of fiction in a genre you enjoy and it might help you prepare for your coursework. You can also start to consider what it is about the writer’s language choices that engages you.  


Component 1:
Voices in Speech and Writing

Text 1 = Anthology

Text 2 = A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 2:
Varieties in Language and Literature

Theme = Society and the Individual

Anchor Texts = The Great Gatsby and/or Great Expectations

2nd Text option = Philip Larkin ‘The Whitsun Weddings’


Non-Fiction Extracts based on the theme

Component 3 Coursework:
Investigating and Creating Texts

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.


Students choose their own subject and sources!

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