About this course
This English Language & Literature – A2 is a one-year course which should be taken alongside two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
It may be possible to take this course as a part-time student.
English Language & Literature is an exciting course which aims to be as diverse as possible. You will study and apply the skills of both literary and linguistic analysis to a wide range of texts including poetry, prose and drama as well as non-fiction and spoken language, and you will produce your own creative writing.
What you will study
After studying units 1 and 2 at AS, the A2 course covers:
Unit 3: Shakespeare
- Written Examination (2 hours, closed book); 20% of qualification
- Section A: Shakespeare extract
- Section B: Shakespeare essay
Unit 3: Unseen Text and Prose Study
- Written examination (2 hours, open book); 20% of qualification
- Section A: Unseen texts
- Section B: Prose study
Unit 5: Critical and Creative Genre Study
- Non-exam assessment: 2500-3000 works; 20% of qualification
- Section A: Genre study
- Section B: Related creative writing
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams and non-exam assessment
Course fee per year
Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
- Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
- All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
- Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Time of day
I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Creative Writing
- English Language
- English Literature
- Government and Politics
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