This exciting new subject combines the two strands of Language and Literature together, bridging the gap between language and literary study. Students will analyse all kinds of texts from non-fiction articles and transcripts to some of the most influential works of literature which will be informed by a secure understanding of how language is constructed and how it works. You will study how writers use language in different contexts for an ever-shifting variety of audiences and purposes, in order to create distinctive styles. You will also have the opportunity to create your own original texts, and reflect analytically upon your methods of composition.
In the first year, you will study three set texts (one novel, one selection of poetry and an AQA Anthology of non-fiction texts) and consider them through the themes of Remembering Places, Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices. In the second year, you will produce creative writing on the theme of Society and will study human conflict by examining a work of drama, as well as
performing an original analytical investigation into an issue in language and literature.
You will be encouraged in your own wider reading, and to develop your familiarity with the course authors by reading around the set texts.
English Language & Literature requires you to take a serious-minded interest in both stories and in language, developing a wide-ranging analytical vocabulary involving grammatical, rhetorical and structural techniques. You will, therefore, develop your analytical essay writing skills, but significant emphasis is also placed on developing your powers of independent research and of linguistic creativity.
A respected academic subject, English Language & Literature is often combined with other Humanities subjects like History and Politics, or with Media and Film Studies, but it also goes well with Social Sciences and with Languages - it is extremely flexible.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
An A Level in English Language & Literature can lead to Higher Education opportunities in English, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. English Language & Literature is extremely flexible in terms of supporting future careers: it can lead towards Journalism and the Media, but also towards Publishing, Law, Therapy, Advertising, as well as towards teaching and academic life.