IB English Language and Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KNO6
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


English enables students to become critical readers and thinkers, engaging in ongoing analysis and discussions of important worldwide themes like power, rebellion, justice, compassion, and equality.

Regardless of what you want to study after Sixth Form, English provides you with the skills to critically read, respond to, and produce texts. Studying English improves open-mindedness, intercultural understanding and communication, all crucial in our modern world.  

The IB emphasises the importance of critical thinking, reflection, and understanding of culture. English Language and Literature develops these mindsets through close reading of texts, being able to relate a text to its form, genre, audience, and context of production, and reading texts from a variety of sources all around the globe. 


This course moves through three areas of focus. Each unit consists of two literary works studied in conversation with a variety of non-literary texts, such as articles, speeches, memoir, advertising, and websites.

Component 1: Reader, Writers and Texts 

  • This study includes the investigation of how texts themselves operate as well as the contexts and complexities of production and reception. Focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of communication. 

Component 2: Time and Space 

  • Study focuses on the contexts of language use and the variety of ways literary and non-literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. 

Component 3: Intertextuality: connecting texts 

  • Study focuses on intertextual relationships with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, modes or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. 

How will it be delivered?

This course is assessed through a variety of written and oral communications, through oral commentary, essays and exams.

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-5 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths, with a grade 6 in English.

Your next steps...

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Future courses & possible careers:

  • Journalism
  • Law 
  • Publishing 
  • Media 
  • Teaching 
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations