Words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. You are interested in the way language choices create representations. You want to engage with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. You want to explore how literary and linguistic fields share concepts about language. You will develop not only your ability to analyse and interpret texts, but also to create meaningful texts of your own, writing in both fiction and non-fiction forms.
Course Content A Level
To prepare for the two examinations, comprising
80% of the final grade, you will study both a variety of ‘Voices in Speech and Writing’, and a wide range of non-fiction texts. In addition, you will study a play, perhaps Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as a prose fiction text and a selection of poetry centred around a common theme. Possible themes include Society and the Individual, Crossing Boundaries, Love and Loss, or Encounters. Coursework
comprises 20% of the total qualification and offers real freedom of choice – you pick the topic and the texts that interest you – one fiction, and one non-fiction.
Extending Your Experience
There will be opportunities to visit the theatre, attend a poetry club and participate in literary events and competitions.
We are developing a link with Oxford University involving visiting Professors giving talks on a range of English Language based topics. The course also has strong links with entries to the Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, an opportunity to put many of the skills developed into practice.
Normally you will be expected to have GCSE English Language or Literature at grade 6 or higher.
However, it might be possible to take this course if you have GCSE Language or Literature at grade 5.
Where will this course take me?
Whatever university course, or career, you wish to pursue, an A-Level in English Language and Literature will give you an advantage, proving you are a skilled communicator who can work with, and create, a wide variety of texts. Career prospects include roles in journalism, broadcasting, publishing, PR, HR, sales and marketing, and management.