English Language and Literature

A-Level
PEARSON

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • You will have the opportunity to discuss your own views on literary and non-literary texts as well as listen to those of others.
  • You will develop your knowledge of literary and non-literary texts from different genres and periods.
  • You will improve your understanding of the social and historical contexts in which texts are produced.
  • You will develop a wide variety of skills that are highly regarded by both employers and universities including the ability to express yourself clearly and coherently in writing.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Whitsun Weddings’, ‘All My Sons’ as well as screenplays, letters, diaries, travel writing and journalism from an anthology. The social and historical contexts of texts. Writing creative literary and non-literary pieces inspired by reading novels such as ‘Escape from Camp 14’, ‘The Road’, ‘1984’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – exam

Year 2 (A-Level) – 20% coursework, 80% exam

 

RECOMMENDED READING

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F Scott Fitzgerald

‘The Whitsun Weddings’ by Philip Larkin

 

PROGRESSION

Prepares you for careers such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, media, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others. Highly regarded by all leading universities.