Studying the combined English Language and Literature A Level provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding and manipulating language that are useful across the spectrum of studies both at A Level and beyond.
These transferable skills provide a valuable foundation for wider academic study. Students have the opportunity to engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts. This allows considerable freedom in study and the opportunity to create a portfolio of creative responses. Students will also explore contemporary social, historical and cultural issues through the study of a range of contemporary and early texts.
Why Choose English Language and Literature
A wide range of career and higher education opportunities are available as a result of studying this course
- It develops higher communication skills and an ability to apply linguistic and literary critical concepts
- English Language and Literature can be studied separately or as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with a range of other subjects
- It forms a sound basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with subjects such as History, Philosophy, Law, Politics or Foreign Languages
- It leads into further training in areas such as Journalism, Media or Law
- It leads into careers in Marketing, Public Relations, Copywriting, Speech and Language Therapy, Publishing, Advertising, Editorial Work, Script Writing and many others
- It can lead directly into employment rather than higher education
Further information on the English Language and Literature A Level can be found on the Edexcel website.
Unit 1 - Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing
Leading to a two part examination on voices in speech and writing, and voices in literature, using Doyle’s Paddy Clark, Ha Ha Ha.
Unit 2 - Creating Texts
Leading to coursework written for distinct reading or listening audiences, and a commentary on your work using Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good.
Unit 3 - Varieties in Language and Literature
Leading to a two part examination on unprepared prose and prepared drama or poetry, using Pinter’s Betrayal and Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
Unit 4 - Presenting the World
Leading to the creation of two substantial fiction and non-fiction prose creations, and a commentary on both, using Shelley’s Frankenstein and Hosseini’s The Kit.
Unit One - Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing (examination)
- 60% of AS Level marks
- 30% of A2 Level marks
Unit Two - Creating Texts (coursework)
- 40% of AS Level marks
- 20% of A2 Level marks
Unit Three - Varieties in Language and Literature (examination)
Unit Four - Presenting the World (coursework)
Trips, Activities and Extension
The English Department runs a substantial extra-curricular programme incorporating guest speakers, authors, poets, workshops, attending Sixth Form English conferences, theatre visits, debating and public speaking teams, and poetry recitation competitions.
Visiting Authors and Speakers
There are a number of guest speakers who visit the School to present and discuss their work with students.
The Department run a
number of trips to Theatre productions which have included; Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
Students have the
opportunity to take part in Inter-School competitions such as Poetry by Heart,
Debating and Public Speaking.