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English Language and Literature GCE A Level

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Languages, Literature and Culture

Course Summary

The study of English Combined at A Level allows you to develop your love of reading through analysis of novels, plays and poetry. It also gives you the chance to analyse interesting non-fictional forms, such as newspaper articles, as well as spoken language. So, if you want to develop both your literary AND linguistic skills in one A Level then this is the subject for you.

This subject is linear with all examinations at the end of the course.

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Course Details

You will study novels, plays and poetry across the two years of study, learning more about familiar literary concepts such as theme, character and symbolism.

You will also explore a range of non-fiction texts from different periods. You will learn about the nuances of spoken language in different contexts, as well as how our language has changed and adapted for modern electronic forms.

The English Combined course also offers many opportunities to develop your creative writing skills.

How will it be delivered?

The following topics will be assessed by examination:

Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy – Rapture

Novel: F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

Anthology of Non-Fiction Spoken and Written Texts: This anthology is provided by the examination board (OCR), once you commence your studies

Creative Writing: Fiction in the form of short story writing.

Drama: William Shakespeare - Othello

There is also a coursework component which includes study of the following:

Comparative analysis of two texts, one must be a non-fiction text from a prescribed list eg Jeanette Winterson Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

To study English Combined, students must achieve a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Your next steps...

A qualification in English is seen as valuable by employers and educational institutions alike. Every year our English Combined students go on to study at a range of top universities across the country. Many of our English Combined students go on to study English at university. However, past English Combined A Level students have also gone on to study a wide range of different degrees, taking up careers in Nursing, Law, Social Work, Publishing, Journalism, Speech Therapy Publishing, Finance, Business or Retail Management as well as Teaching and Lecturing.

The skills that you develop on the Language and Literature Combined course such as: technical close analysis, essay writing and creative writing to match different audiences and purposes, really equips you for higher education and beyond.

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