A Level Programme

English Language & Literature A Level

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About this course

The course offers you the opportunity to read widely, and write for a number of different purposes and audiences. Your reading will include prose, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction texts, by writers from diverse backgrounds. There are lots of opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas. Alongside essay writing, you will produce an autobiography, short stories, travel writing and texts for performance. Frequent feedback on your work, from well qualified subject specialists, and opportunities to evaluate a range of texts, supports you in reaching your full potential.

What will I learn?

During the course you will:

  • Read two prose texts, pre-1900 poetry, and prepare to analyse unseen texts (Critical Reading of Literary and Non-Literary Text)
  • Produce two pieces of creative writing and a commentary on both creative writing tasks (Internal Assessment - Creative Writing)
  • Read and write about two plays, one of them by Shakespeare, produce two texts for performance and evaluate one of the texts (Internal Assessment ¢ Analysing and Producing Performance Texts)
  • Prepare to analyse 3 unseen texts and write on one core novel and one partner text (Comparative Textual Analysis and Review)

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams (60%) and coursework (40%).

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • English Literature at grade C

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Creative Writing Foundation Degree
  • University - degree in a range of subjects, including English
  • Careers - variety of careers, especially those where communication skills are important, especially teaching, public relations, business, law and the media

Additional Information

This course is well suited to those who love reading and writing and talking about texts. There are opportunities throughout the course to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as visits to Shakespeare's Globe, theatre trips and meeting visiting speakers. There will also be an opportunity to write for wider audiences about a range of subjects in a departmental magazine. English Language and Literature combines well with most subjects including Communication, History and Law. It cannot be combined with A Level English Literature.