A Level English Language and Literature

What is the course about?

These are just some of the questions that might be discussed by English Language and Literature students:

  • How can I manipulate different features of language in my own creative writing?
What are the differences between written and spoken English?
  • What are the different ways in which people manipulate language to present their views, prejudices and feelings?
  • How do writers create fictional and fantasy worlds?

Who might the course suit?

The course is aimed at anyone who enjoys creative writing and reading literary and non-fiction texts. Lesson time is often spent talking and writing about texts so you will need to enjoy forensic analysis of language. The course will develop your skills as a critical reader, your ability to listen attentively to the views of others, and establish your own critical viewpoints through speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will have the chance to flex your creative muscle as well as evaluating your own creative writing in detail through a written commentary.

What might the course lead to?

English is one of the most popular degrees at University; nearly every University in the country offers a wide range of courses in the subject. Often students who take an English A Level and then go on to do an English based degree will enjoy careers in print journalism, advertising, public relations and teaching. It is highly regarded by both employers and higher educational establishments because of the way it helps students to develop analytical skills and their powers of communication and persuasion.

What are the texts studied?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

The poetry of Seamus Heaney

Paris Anthology - a collection of non-fiction texts written in or about the city of Paris.