Grammar and other technical tools of analysis will be taught as a means of producing various types of texts and analysing the set texts taught.
The first year involves the study of the following:
An anthology of non-fiction texts including both spoken and written texts.
Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ Drama
NEA (coursework) Creative writing of non-fiction texts
The second year will include:
Comparative NEA (coursework) comparing Bill Bryson’s ‘Lost Continent’ with a post 2000 non- fiction text of your choice.
William Blake - an anthology of 15 poems
F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
Creative writing of fiction.
An English lesson is one in which ideas are shared and views about texts are thought through and discussed. We consider the contexts, purposes and audiences which shape texts. You will need to listen to others thoughtfully
and be prepared to discuss your own views. You will be expected to read and write extensively, both in lessons and independently.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Entry to the second year is dependent on the standard achieved in the first year.
Students who have successfully completed English Language and Literature A-level go on to study many different disciplines at university. Students who read for English degrees similarly enter a wide number of professions, such as teaching, marketing, the media and banking. There is an increasing need in commerce, industry and the professions for people who are accomplished communicators, and the best preparation for this is the study of English.
What does the course combine well with?
English Language and Literature combines well with
subjects such as History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies, Art, Philosophy, Business Studies, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sociology and Psychology. It also makes a good third subject for students studying predominantly science courses.