The variety of assessment styles used allows students to develop a wide range of skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. The course has a fully integrated approach to the subject, drawing on the established academic fields of stylistics, linguistics and creative writing. It has a contemporary approach to the study of a range of literary and non-literary discourses and texts, with emphasis on precise linguistic analysis. It allows students to focus on their own writing through textual exploratory work.
Students study a range of texts under the themes of Imagined Worlds, Poetic Voices and Remembered Places. Texts are both pre- and post-1900.
In the second year of teaching, students cover work under the themes of Writing about Society (re-creative writing) and Dramatic Encounters and Making Connections (one literary text and non-literary material); this final unit is the Non Exam Assessment (i.e. coursework) worth 20% of the overall A Level. A total of 6 substantial texts are covered for A Level.
Grade 5 in either English Language or English Literature at GCSE is required.
English Language and Literature is ideal for students who intend to pursue further study in either Language or Literature for courses and/or careers in areas such as, but not exclusive to Media, Law, Journalism and Publishing.