A Level English Language & Literature

The AQA course combines the study of both language and literature.

This A-Level is an accessible and stimulating course in which you will engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts.

This specification offers exciting opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging critically and creatively with a wide range of texts. Using linguistic and literary concepts and methods, candidates analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. Candidates develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production. These skills are invaluable for both further study and future employment.


  • Remembered places
  • Imagined worlds
  • Poetic voices
  • Writing about society
  • Critical commentary
  • Dramatic encounters
  • Making connections


Paper 1: Telling Stories
Exam: 3 hours
Weighting: 40% of A-Level

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict
Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
Weighting: 40% of A Level

Non-Exam Assessment: Making Connections
Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA
Weighting: 20% of A-Level


The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, applicants will require at least a Grade 5 and 6 in their English GCSEs.