This course builds on students’ English skills from GCSE by studying a range of text types, including media and spoken texts alongside literary ones. The coursework unit requires the study of two set texts, from which students will produce one analytical essay and one creative piece. There is a lot of discussion work and students will be able to develop their communication skills in a range of ways on this course, as well as the analytical. Students will also develop a stronger knowledge of language labels such as grammatical terms and ways of describing aspects of conversation.
At A2, students will study a further two texts for coursework, leading to writing which transforms the original content into something new. We also further develop the study of spoken language and explore the way dramatists work with spoken language, focusing on a set play for the exam unit.
Subjects that link particularly well with this courseare History, Media Studies, Film Studies, Law,Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy. There may be opportunities for visits to theatres and places of literary interest, for which there would be a small charge. To be successful in this course, students should feel relatively confident in their ability to write clear, well- structured essays and be prepared to read widely.
Anyone considering English at degree level is advised to give serious consideration to the possibility of taking the two separate courses of English Language and English Literature.
As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to a range of careers or university courses including Teaching, Law, Journalism and Advertising and Marketing. The skills developed in this course are valued by most University Admission Tutors and employers.