English - 6th Form

English Language and English Literature ~ Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE

At Doha College, we thrive in giving students the best opportunities and therefore offer students the option to engage in the worlds of both English Language and English Literature at AS and A2 Level. Cambridge International AS and A Levels in English Language and Literature are highly regarded by distinguished universities and employers throughout the world.

English Literature ~ Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE

We are privileged in that English literature is perceived to be the finest literature in the world. The works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Hardy, Austen, Chaucer, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Lawrence are, amongst others, read and appreciated worldwide.

Cambridge International Examinations Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced courses enable students to continue and extend their study of English literature beyond GCSE to a deeper and more academic level. It is also a level which is considered appropriate for entry onto degree courses whether it be to study literature or another discipline. 

The courses aim primarily to develop student’s interest and enjoyment of literature by providing them with the opportunity to read and respond to a wide selection of prose, verse and drama written over a period stretching from medieval times to the present day. They also aim to extend your knowledge and appreciation of the traditions of English Literature and the social, historical and cultural contexts in which texts are written and understood.

Through the texts studied, will develop skills of critical analysis and response. Whilst most lesson time is devoted to discussion, students will continue to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing.

The course will appeal to students who have an interest in reading a wide variety of contemporary and traditional literature and to those who are prepared to express opinions and discuss their responses with others, recognising the relevance of literature to their own lives.




English Language ~ Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE

English Language is all about communication and how language is used in society - for example, the way children learn to talk, how texts are constructed to appeal to audiences and the way language changes over time. The course combines linguistic analysis with original writing: you will be asked to create your own texts for different purposes and audience.

Why study English Language?

The key focus of English Language A-level is the study of English in the world around us; everything from newspaper articles and TV Programmes to everyday conversations, to the wording on a movie ticket. Studying English Language will give students the opportunity to develop high level skills of reading and analysis. One of the most notable features of the course is that they will have the chance to work on is their own writing. This gives endless possibilities for individual and creative work, and as teachers we enjoy working with students individually to help develop their ideas.

Beyond A-levels

Students who opt for English Language go on to study for the widest possible range of degrees. Many go on to study for the many English Language or Linguistics degrees available. In addition, many students use their English Language A-level as a stepping stone to degrees in such diverse subjects as Maths and Medicine, Japanese and Interior Design. It’s hard to find any walk of life where clear, accurate verbal and written communication skills in critical reading and analysis are not valued.

Year 12 ~ AS LevelYear 13 ~ A Level
Module 1: Poetry and Prose Students will study one poetry anthology and one novel. Both texts will be examined in the examination and students will be expected to demonstrate both understanding and independent opinion. (Closed text examination) Module 3: Shakespeare and other Pre-20th century texts Students will study one Shakespeare play and one other pre-20th century text. As well as demonstrating knowledge and appreciation, candidates will be expected to show an awareness of other critics’ interpretations. (Closed text examination)
Module 2: Drama Students will study two plays from two different literary periods. The examination will enable students to show an understanding of the texts and an appreciation of dramatic qualities and possibilities. Module 4: 20th Century Writing Two texts will be studied from a choice of Drama, Poetry and Prose. The examination requires knowledge of theme, structure and language and will expect students to comment on style and on narrative methods.


Year 12 ~ AS LevelYear 13 ~ A Level
Paper 1: Passages for Comment Students will study a variety of sources, for example fiction, or non-fictions such as advertisements, magazine articles, biography or even from spoken language such as a speech. Students will be required to write a commentary on the writer’s use of language of two different text types previously studied in the examination. Paper 3: Text Analysis Students will be required to use their knowledge of linguistic features to produce a piece of directed writing related to a specific text type, and then write a commentary comparing their own piece of writing with the original text. They will also have to compare two different texts and discuss the linguistic features.
Paper 2: Writing Students will study a variety of writing styles and analyse their distinguishing features to become competitive and effective writers. In this paper you will be asked to write two compositions. One must be Narrative, Descriptive or Imaginative, and the Paper 4: Language Topics Students will study three specific language topics and their associated linguistic features. For example: Topic A: Spoken language and social groups

English Literature ~ GCSE

THE AIMS OF THE COURSE are to develop students’ abilities to:

  • Respond to texts critically and imaginatively, select and evaluate textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.
  • Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.
  • Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects.
  • Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts at different times.

The following diagram illustrates the structure of both courses.

GCSE English Language and English Literature
  English LanguageEnglish Literature
Examination   Reading Passages (Extended) Exploring Modern Texts  
Reading 50% Candidates answer three questions on two passages of 600-700 words, linked by a common theme. Candidates answer one question from a choice of two about a modern prose or drama text they have studied. 20%
Candidates answer a two part question about a culturally significant text they have studied. 20%
Unit 2     Poetry Across Time  
Section A   N/A Candidates answer one question from a choice of two about a poetry culture from the anthology. 23%
Section B   N/A Students answer one question about an unseen poem. 12%
Coursework   Coursework    
  50% Assignment 1 – Informative, analytical and/or argumentative N/A  
Writing Assignment 2 – Imaginative, descriptive and/or narrative N/A  
  Assignment 3: a response to a text or texts chosen by the Centre. The text(s) should contain facts, opinions and arguments. Candidates respond to the text(s) by selecting, analysing and evaluating points from the material. N/A  
Unit 3     Controlled Assessment  
      Candidates complete one task that asks them to make links between a Shakespeare play and a text from the English literary heritage. 25%