English Literature and Language A-Level

Why study English Literature and Language?

Words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. Engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts, this course allows candidates to explore the similarities and differences between prose, poetry and drama but also beyond this to non-fiction texts that do not get as much attention: personal letters, spontaneous speech, multimedia texts.

Students also develop skills not only as interpreters of language but also producers by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production.

What will I be learning about?

The different components of the course include:

  • ‘Telling Stories’ is exam assessed and focuses on how and why stories are told, the ways in which writers and speakers present stories, and how language choices help to shape the representations of different worlds and perspectives.
  • ‘Exploring Conflict’ is also exam assessed and retains this focus on language choices but looks at how these choices help to construct ideas of conflict between people, and between people and their societies. What students love about this component of the course is the opportunity for creative writing. You will be able to experiment with creating different types of fiction and nonfiction texts, to develop and critically evaluate your personal writing voice.
  • ‘Making Connections’ is a personal investigation of 2,500 – 3,000 words that focuses on language use in different types of text and requires students to make active connections between a literary text and some non-literary material: a coherent synoptic component to draw students’ developed learning together.

Where will this lead?

This course can develop invaluable skills for when you enter the world of work: vital communication, analytical and critical thinking skills but also enable you to express yourself with consideration and precision. Most students who study English Language and Literature go on to study similar courses at university. There are a variety of career pathways such as law, journalism, advertising, publishing and teaching.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed by examination at the end of year 13.