- Course Code: 6726-Y1
- Duration: 2 academic years
- Study mode: Full Time
A Level English Language and Literature is a melting pot of the most exciting elements of each diverse area.
This A Level appeals to those students who enjoyed literary analysis at GCSE, but did not like delving in to medieval writers such as Chaucer, or those who do not wish to study as much literature and Shakespeare as there is in the full English Literature A-Level.
A Level English Language and Literature is a valuable asset to many careers, and industries, such as linguistics, project management, Defence, writing, Media, Law, teaching, journalism and politics – the list is endless!
What will I study?
We will explore the world of Parisians by studying an Anthology of Paris themed texts using Language techniques built on from the ones already studied at school. In addition to this, we will also delve in to the dystopian planet of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and again use our Linguistic knowledge to draw out themes and ideologies, many which eerily reflect society today.
In Shakespeare, we study Othello’s rise and fall, and analysis of the complex characters and their universal, yet timeless traits. Alongside this, we will also analyse how individuals share their stories, and experiences through a range of poetry. Finally, we swing in to 1920s where we study Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and we delve in to the world of gluttony, materialism, new money and love. Following on from this, you will have a chance to display your creative flair, through a creative writing piece based on The Great Gatsby. Former students have progressed on to study at top universities, including those in the Russell group.
Some of the texts that will be studied include:
- The Handmaid's Tale
- The Great Gatsby
You will also study:
- Telling Stories
Learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told. The term ‘telling’ in the title is deliberately chosen to reflect the twin aspects of how stories are told, and why stories are ‘telling’, or valuable, within societies.
- Exploring Conflict
Focuses on how language choices used to express relationships, drive narrative, and construct views about the nature of different societies.
- Making Connections
Students make active connections based on a chosen theme, and linguistic strategy between a literary text and some non-literary material.
You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above. Please note that you will need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.
How will I be assessed?
You will undertake external examinations at the end of the two years, coursework and also undertake internal assessments during the course of the two year programme of study.
What can I do next?
Many students studying English Language and Literature choose to go onto a related Higher Education course. These may include a degree that combines the two elements of the A-Level or combines one element of the A-Level with another subject, for example, Journalism, History, English etc.
A degree in English Language and Literature opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You could find employment in areas including journalism and broadcasting, law, administration, marketing, publishing, management, librarianship and teaching.
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