A Level English Language & Literature is a popular course that links the skills of both English Language and English Literature study. It will appeal to students who have enjoyed both aspects at GCSE and wish to continue studying them in a broader and more in-depth manner.
In this two-year linear course, you will explore how ‘voice’ is crafted in both speech and writing, focusing on a drama text, All My Sons, and a range of short literary, non-literary and digital texts. You will also study texts that give you the opportunity to explore the ways in which different writers use language techniques and literary devices to convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme. For example, you will analyse the techniques F. Scott Fitzgerald uses to explore ‘Society and the Individual’ in The Great Gatsby.
As well as reading and analysing texts written by different writers, you will be given the opportunity to develop your own skills as a writer by producing a fiction and a non-fiction text in response to a topic area, such as, ‘Crossing Boundaries’. You will also undertake wider reading to further your understanding of texts from a range of genres and time periods.
Where does an A Level English Language & Literature course lead?
English Language and Literature is an interesting and challenging A level as well as being excellent preparation for university or apprenticeships and your future career. Careers include law, digital and creative, PR, marketing, journalism, sales, teaching, management, administration, information management, publishing and careers in the public services.
Course Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (if studied).
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