English Language and Literature AS and A Level


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Course Length: 
One year for AS and two years for a full A Level
Full Description: 

This course explores a wide variety of texts from different historical periods and genres, written for different audiences and purposes. These will include novels, newspapers, journals, plays, speeches, poems, short stories and diaries.

You will think about the nature of language and how it works and consider how writers and speakers are affected by the context in which they live and the medium and genre through which they have chosen to communicate.

You will look at dialogue and narrative voices in literature and compare them with the spontaneous speech of everyday life. You will explore how speech conveys information about character to the reader or listener and how things that are left unsaid can be just as important as those revealed through dialogue.

You will learn the critical skills needed to talk and write confidently about writers and their work and will develop your creative writing skills by writing from different perspectives and by adapting existing texts.

You will study revered writers from the literary canon, such as Tennessee Williams and modern authors like Alice Sebold and Khaled Hosseini. This year students have visited The National Theatre to see Emperor and Galilean and The Globe Theatre to see Dr Faustus.

Assessment is through written exams and coursework.

An A Level in English Language and Literature can lead on to related degree courses and any courses or careers that require good language, communication and analytical skills.

English Language and Literature can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry Requirements:

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English.

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