English Language & Literature

Award: A Level

QAN: 601/4641/2

The A Level combined English Language and Literature course is very different from GCSE. This is the study of stylistics - the study and interpretation of texts in regard to their language, style and tone. This enjoyable course offers opportunities for you to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. You will be required to study a range of literary and non-fiction texts including F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and a selection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry from her anthology Mean Time.

In addition, you will study an anthology of fiction and nonfiction inspired by the city of Paris. You will analyse all of these texts stylistically, with a close focus on writers’ representations of people and places, and their points of view. Students develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production.