English Language & Literature - AS

L3 Level 3
Full Time
7 September 2020 — 25 June 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The English Language & Literature AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this is an exciting course, which aims to be as diverse as possible. Pupils will study and apply their 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 they will be given the chance to produce their own creative writing. 

Learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.

What you will study

The course comprises of the following two modules:

Unit 1: Comparative Analysis and Creative Writing 

Written Examination (2 hours) 
Closed book

Section A: Comparative Analysis of Poetry and Unseen Text 
Section B: Creative Writing and Commentary

For this unit, we will study a selection of poems from the WJEC English Language & Literature Pre-1914 Poetry Anthology. You will be introduced to the historical development of the English language, as well as English poetic tradition and analysis of literary texts. The anthology includes seminal poetic texts from the late 1500s to 1914, by a range of writers from the literary canon.

In the exam, you will be asked to write analytically about these poems and to compare them to unseen poetry.  You will also be given the opportunity in this unit to develop your own skills in using the English language creatively. You will be asked to produce two creative pieces and to analyse your own work.

Unit 2: Drama and Non-Literary Text Study

Written examination (2 hours)
Clean copies of the texts must be taken into the examination
Section A: Post-1900 Drama 
Section B: Non-Literary Text Study

In this unit we will study the classic drama text Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, as well as a non-literary text (to be confirmed) with particular focus on the contexts in which the play was produced and received. In the exam, you will be asked to produce analytical essays on extracts from the texts, and extended pieces on the texts in their entirety.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language and Maths.
  • Interview.

Individual subjects may require higher grades. 
Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.

Teaching and assessment

Two written exams

Important points

  • 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
  • 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.
Key information

Start date

7 September 2020

End date

25 June 2021

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English Literature


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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