Why Should You Take This Course?
If you love the English language and are interested in understanding how it works from every angle, then this is the course for you. This course explores the way English is used in a variety of contexts; we will investigate the use of language in both literary and non-fiction texts, looking at drama, poetry and prose. We analyse the way writers use both literary and linguistic techniques. You will become familiar with literary and linguistic
meta-language. We will explore English in use within non-literary contexts such as conversation, speechmaking, informal discussion and spontaneous speech. It is the mixture of literary and linguistic analysis that makes this a unique course that offers a different approach to the study of English.
AS: Year 1
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (prose)
Robert Browning - anthology (poetry)
An anthology of non-fiction texts focused on Paris (prose)
A2: Year 2
Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire (drama)
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby (prose)
Non-Examined Assessment - analysis of one literary and one non-literary texts of your choice
How will I be assessed?
AS - Two exams at the end of the year
A2 - Two exams and the Non-Examined Assessment
Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised which texts they will need to purchase for the course all of which are readily available from booksellers and on-line sites.
What could I do next?
A Level English Language and Literature is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can open the door to a variety of careers, including journalism, teaching, the Civil Service, etc.
If you wish to apply for 2019-2020 academic year, please complete the online application form.