This course brings together aspects of two other English A Levels, A Level English Literature and A Level English Language, which you have probably studied as separate GCSE subjects at school. There are real advantages in continuing your English studies on an integrated course. If you are as interested in non-fiction and non-literary texts as you are in poetry, plays and novels then this may well be the best choice for you if you do not want to take two full and separate English A Levels.
In the first year you will study the anthology ‘Paris’ and a selection of poems by Carol Ann Duffy alongside ‘The Lovely Bones’, a literary text. You will develop your skills in adapting and shaping original material, evaluating your own writing and integrating language analysis into your studies.
In the second year the focus is on ‘Telling Stories’ and ‘Exploring Conflict’, in addition you will produce a personal investigation exploring a specific theme using a favourite book as your starting point. If you cannot make up your mind about a text you will be directed to ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This assignment will be marked by your tutor and externally moderated by the awarding body. When analysing conflict you will explore the role of the individual in society and relationships with others and produce some re-creative writing based upon your set text ‘The Great Gatsby’. There are two examinations at the end of your second year.
The course contains regular assignments, with deadlines agreed by your tutor. Final assessment is by examination and coursework.
An A Level in English Language and Literature is valued by both higher education establishments and employers, since it is evidence of both a high level of literacy and the ability to think analytically. Future careers and professions include: teacher, author, publisher, librarian, lawyer, journalist and media-related roles.
Meet the A Level expert
University of Sheffield Politics and English graduate Karen has been teaching English for 16 years. She completed her PGCE at the University of Huddersfield and has a Master’s degree in Literature.
Karen said: “English Language and Literature is an excellent core subject to study at A Level. It provides a great grounding for many progression routes at university and in employment, including law, history, psychology, journalism, media and teaching. As well as skills in reading and research you’ll also develop social skills through analysis of speech.”