The English Language and Literature course aims to encourage students to study language and literature as interconnecting disciplines. Students will develop their ability to use linguistic and literary-critical concepts and analytical frameworks in commenting on a wide range of spoken language and written texts.
Why Choose This?
As a subject concerned with communication and the ability to analyse and develop ideas in detail, an A Level in English is useful for progression in a wide variety of careers including: journalism, teaching, acting, law, the Civil Service, occupational therapy, Human Resources, speech therapy, writing, media and advertising. However, the skills based approach means that it is a useful and valuable subject to have studied prior to a huge range of degree courses and careers.
Areas of Study & Assessment
Examination 80%, Non-examined Assessment 20%
Non Fiction: In this component, students will develop their close reading and analytical skills by studying an anthology of non-fiction texts about the diverse and romantic city of Paris.
Fiction: Students will study two texts, a novel, such as The Handmaid’s Tale and a selection of poetry by a poet such as Carol Ann Duffy or Robert Browning.
Telling Stories: In this component, students will develop the work completed in Year 12. Students will consider how writers produce prose fiction, poetry and non-fiction in a variety of forms. The focus will be on settings, voices and genre and how they are used to tell stories.
Exploring Conflict: In this unit, students will explore how a prose author such as Khalid Hosseini creates and uses conflict in The Kite Runner. Students will also consider how dramatists create conflict through speech. Students might study: Othello or Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): 20% of A Level
This component is students’ opportunity to be more independent. Students will complete a formal investigation, for which they will be required to gather data and learn about a topic that really interests them.