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English Language & Literature A Level

This course is for students who want to become adventurous and critical readers and at the same time develop as writers and users of language in a variety of contexts. If you have studied both English Language and English Literature at GCSE level, you will have begun to appreciate the ways in which writers use language to create literature. This course provides a fully integrated study of literature and language and builds on the analytical skills you will have begun to develop at GCSE.

+ Course details and future career paths

Across the two years, students learn a range of analytical approaches to enrich their appreciation of, and ability to write confidently about, the styles and techniques used by the writers of their set texts. Students are introduced to the study of speech through analysis of transcripts of spontaneous speech as well as a variety of other written forms of speech.

You will study a range of texts, including novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction writing. You will also analyse unseen transcripts of spontaneous conversations and explore how speech is represented in literature.

The texts you study and the skills you develop in the first year will be essential for the second year of the course. The novels, poems and plays that you write about in the first year will also be examined at A-level.

Over the two years, you will be reading a selection of novels, plays and collections of poetry. These will include Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

There will also be an anthology studied alongside these books including a variety of different texts, such as transcripts of speech, advertisements and travel writing.

+ Progression

English Language and Literature combines well with a wide range of other subjects. Through it you are offering evidence of high quality communication skills and an ability to be creative and analytical. These skills are widely transferable and make you marketable for higher education and employment.


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