English Language and Literature

This course brings together aspects of two other English A Levels, A Level English Literature and A Level English Language, which you have probably studied as separate GCSE subjects at school. There are real advantages in continuing your English studies on an integrated course. If you are as interested in non-fiction and non-literary texts as you are in poetry, plays and novels then this may well be the best choice for you if you do not want to take two full and separate English A Levels.

Subject content

In the first year you will study the anthology ‘Paris’ and a selection of poems by Carol Ann Duffy alongside ‘The Lovely Bones’, a literary text. You will  develop your skills in adapting and shaping original material, evaluating your own writing and integrating language analysis into your studies. The two  examinations at the end of the first year are ‘Views and Voices’ and ‘People and Places’, each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes. In the second year the focus  is on ‘Telling Stories’ and ‘Exploring Conflict’, in addition you will produce a personal investigation exploring a specific theme using a favourite book as  your starting point. If you cannot make up your mind about a text you will be directed to ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This assignment  will be marked by your tutor and externally moderated by the awarding body. When analysing conflict you will explore the role of the individual in society  and relationships with others and produce some re-creative writing based upon your set text ‘The Great Gatsby’. There are two examinations at the end  of your second year.

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The course contains regular assignments, with deadlines agreed by your tutor. Final assessment is by examination and coursework.

Progression opportunities

An A Level in English Language and Literature is valued by both higher education establishments and employers, since it is evidence of both a high level of literacy and the ability to think analytically. Future careers and professions include: teacher, author, publisher, librarian, lawyer, journalist and media related roles.