English Language & Literature A-Level

Course Overview

Entry Qualifications

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Entry to the second year is dependent on the standard achieved in the first year.

What will I study?

Grammar and other technical tools of analysis will be taught as a means of producing various types of texts and analysing the set texts taught.

The first year involves the study of the following:

• An anthology of non-fiction texts including both spoken and written texts

• Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ Drama

• NEA (coursework) Creative writing of non-fiction texts

The second year will include:

• Comparative NEA (coursework) comparing Bill Bryson’s ‘Lost Continent’ with a post 2000 non-fiction text of your choice.

• William Blake – an anthology of 15 poems

• F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

• Creative writing of fiction.

How will I study?

An English lesson is one in which ideas are shared and views about texts are thought through and discussed. We consider the contexts, purposes and audiences which shape texts. You will need to listen to others thoughtfully and be prepared to discuss your own views. You will be expected to read and write extensively, both in lessons and independently.

How is the course examined?

You will sit two exam papers at the end of the second year (each paper is 40% of the A level) and complete two pieces of coursework (combined, these are 20% of the A level).

Where next?

Students who have successfully completed English Language and Literature A-level go on to study many different disciplines at university. Students who read for English degrees similarly enter a wide number of professions, such as teaching, marketing, the media and banking. There is an increasing need in commerce, industry and the professions for people who are accomplished communicators, and the best preparation for this is the study of English.

What does the course combine well with?

English Language and Literature combines well with subjects such as History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies, Art, Philosophy, Business Studies, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sociology and Psychology. It also makes a good third subject for students studying predominantly science courses.

College Entry Requirements

We normally expect applicants to have achieved good GCSE passes in at least six subjects, these must:

• demonstrate the suitability for Advanced Level study

• have been achieved at Grade 4/C as a minimum

• include two at Grade 5/B as a minimum

• include English Language – a minimum grade of 4/C

Mathematics – If not achieved within the scope of the above should normally be achieved at grade 3/D. If mathematics is not achieved at grade 4/C then it will be a requirement to continue to study at the correct level until a grade 4 is achieved. Subjects with a mathematical content will require a higher grade.


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