English Language and Literature

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • To have the opportunity to discuss your own views on literature as well as listen to those of others.
  • To develop your knowledge of literary texts from different genres and periods.
  • To improve your understanding of the social and historical contexts in which texts are produced.
  • To develop a wide variety of skills that are highly regarded by both employers and universities.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Literary texts: F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’, Arthur Miller’s ‘All My
Sons’
Non-literary texts including screenplays, letters, diaries, travel writing and journalism from an Anthology.
The social and historical contexts of texts produced in contemporary society, post WW2 Britain and America and early 20th century America.
Writing creative literary and non- literary pieces inspired by reading novels such as Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger
Games’, George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Margeret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – exam

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

 

PROGRESSION

English Language and Literature prepares you for careers that require good communication skills such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, media, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others. It is highly regarded by all leading universities.