English Language and Literature A (2720)

This is our current A-level specification.
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AS and A-level English Language and Literature (7706, 7707)

This four-unit specification develops literary and linguistic analysis, enabling students to become critical, independent readers. It is designed to nurture personal responses to literary and non-literary texts, allowing students to play to their strengths. 

Comparative analysis of texts is core to some units. The variety of choice in set texts and options (including prose and drama), makes the specification suitable for a range of abilities.

In terms of assessment, there is a 20% coursework weighting.

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Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title English Language and Literature A
Specification code 2720
Certification code 1721 AS
2721 A2
QAN codes 50026653

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