English Language & Literature involves studying a range of texts, mostly but not completely literary ones, and exploring and analysing these, using linguistic as well as literary approaches. There are four Components (3 exam/1 coursework = 80%/20%) to the A-level:
Students will read texts - some in class and some outside - and then discuss and analyse these in small groups, as a whole class and individually. There will be a variety of tasks to encourage you to engage with the texts and develop your understanding and analytical skills. You will be taught a wide range of literary and linguistic terminology (some of this will be very new to you) to help you to develop the depth and quality of your responses to the texts. There will also be opportunites to watch plays and films and to use more inter-active resources. The main aims will be to encourage your enjoyment of texts, provide you with the confidence to evaluate their meaning and give you the skills to write good essays.
The course is 80% exam and 20% coursework:
Much Ado about Nothing
Measure for Measure
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
National Theatre live Cat on Hot Tin Roof
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Duchess of Malfi
Students purchase their own texts at a reduced cost via the College - was £25 in 2018.
Some additional materials/handbooks available at very low costs.
English Language GCSE at Grade 5
No you cannot do this alongside English Literature or English Language A-levels.
This is a combined course that counts as one A Level.
Many of our students do go on to study English at University from this course, although if you want to do a straight English Literature course at a higher level, you may be well advised to take the English Literature A-level, simply because you will have read more books.
You will normally be expected to write an essay at least once a fortnight.