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A Level English Language And Literature

Are you interested in all forms of English? Do you like to explore language widely, not just in traditional literary texts, but in all forms of communication including blogging, Twitter and television? Would you like to develop your own writing in both fiction and nonfiction forms? English Language and Literature combined will develop your skills in all of these areas and offers you the widest variety of English study.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 A*-C GCSE’s, including English Language at C grade, though B grade is desirable. Mathematics at C grade is not required.

You should be an avid reader (across a range of forms) and writer, practising these skills in your own time, including forms such as blogging.

Course Content

The course includes the reading and analysis of a range of texts. You will explore fiction, including poetry and prose, from modern poet Jacob Sam La-Rose’s 2013 collection to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. This course also examines a variety of non-fiction texts, such as Captain Robert Scott’s 1912 diary chronicling his polar expedition, to Russell Brand’s interview with a select committee on drug policy.

Throughout the course you will also develop your own writing, including public speeches, short stories and articles, as well as expanding your understanding of English language at a more complex, technical level. In the second year you will work independently on coursework centred on non-fiction texts, including the work of renowned blogger, Allie Brosh, as well as developing your skills of literary analysis and applying them to a drama text.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught over two years, with a new component each term, and continuous revision of the core texts and skills.

The four components are:

  • Exploring Non-Fiction
  • The Language of Poetry and Plays
  • Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader
  • Independent Study

You will be provided with handbooks and resources, including glossaries, as well as the core texts we will study.

Any core reading for the course is completed as guided reading in class.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the first year you will be entered for exams. These will not count toward your final grade but will give an indication of progress and a predicted grade for university/job applications.

In the second year you will complete an extended piece of coursework, independently, using your own selection of text (alongside a core non-fiction text) and supplementing that with a piece of your own non-fiction writing.

At the end of the second year you will complete 3 exams on the remaining components of the course:

  • Exploring Non-Fiction
  • The Language of Poetry and Plays
  • Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader
Will I need any extra equipment?

All books and resources will be provided.

What qualifications will I get?

A Level in English Language and Literature

What will it allow me to do in the future?

English Language and Literature is excellent preparation for any degree course that involves extensive analysis, essay writing and independent research, and will particularly prepare you for any English or linguistic degree. Career options include Teaching, Journalism, Publishing, Copywriting, Public Relations, Information Services, Law, Politics and Media and any other area which requires strong communication skills.

Course Information

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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