A-Level English Language & Literature will benefit students who enjoy reading and creative writing. It is a core academic subject which will hone your skills at analysis and writing creatively.
You will analyse a diverse range of texts; from poems, plays and speeches, to TV scripts and e-communications. You will also consider how English is used in both spoken and written forms, exploring elements from both Language and Literature A-Levels to bring you the best of both.
- Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and Maths.
- Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Literature.
- Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language.
What will I study?
- Voices in Speech and Writing
- Varieties in Language and Literature
You will be assessed mainly by examination with a coursework component in the second year. During both years you will write analysis, essays on literary texts, transformation texts and take part in presentations. As a second year student you will complete coursework which is creative writing inspired by texts you have read.
- Telling Stories: This unit focuses on the study of narrative and the different ways in which writers use language to tell stories. You will study a collection of non-fiction texts linked by a shared topic, a prose text from a literary genre of fantasy and a collection of poems by a named poet.
- Exploring conflict: You will study two set texts with conflict as a central theme. One prose text is the basis for re-creative writing and critical commentary, and the second text is a play.
Why should I choose USP College?
- Trips to the theatre, museums and galleries.
- Trip to The Guardian newspaper for a journalism course.
- Highly experienced tutors who are passionate about their subject.
- Set texts and texts for your own wider reading
- Trips to the theatre and to London
What could I do next?
An A-Level in English Language & Literature will prove an asset if you are applying to study any degree course in the humanities or social sciences, all of which place a premium on your powers of written expression. English can also be combined with a wide range of other courses at university such as Linguistics, Drama or Creative Writing.
This course provides an excellent foundation for careers that demand a command of both spoken and written English, such as law, journalism, publishing, teaching and the media.