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English Literature and Language

  English Literature and Language


English Language and Literature draws upon an integrated stylistic approach to a range of texts covering all the main genres across fiction and non-fiction contexts.  You will expect to study a novel, a play, a set of poetry and a collection of non-fiction texts of different forms and modes. In addition there will be a creative writing element where you create a voice for a character in a second novel you will read.  You will also be expected to complete a piece of independent coursework, based on your own choice of texts and topics.

Other exciting aspects of the course include exploring the contexts and cultures surrounding the texts produced and the backgrounds of the writers.  You will also study some of the more theoretical aspects of English studies from literary and linguistic theory, perspectives and ideas to exploring debates surrounding gender, power and language.  You will also have the chance to study spoken language forms and the contexts that underpin such interactions.

This A Level is separated into three units.  Unit 1 and 2 are examined at the end of Yr13.  The NEA (non-examined assessment) is a coursework project of your own choice.  These texts are what we cover at the time of writing.

Unit 1

Paris Anthology of non-fiction texts; The Handmaid’s Tale (novel); Seamus Heaney poetry.

Unit 2

The Kite Runner (creative writing unit and commentary); A Streetcar Named Desire (Mid 20th century play text)

Unit 3

Non-examined assessment.  Research and investigation project of your choice.  Students who wish to cover Shakespeare as part of their assessment may opt to complete a play or poetry of their choice for this unit.


Career Pathways:

On completion of the A level, students find universities favour English as a highly prestigious facilitating subject.  This A Level can complement many other subjects and students can proceed to different avenues either by progression on to university or perhaps a higher level apprenticeship.  Many of our students opt to study English at university too; the combined option opens doors for higher literature study or a move into linguistics.



Entry Criteria:

Grade 6 or above in one of the English GCSEs and a Grade 5 in the other