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English Language & Literature A Level 3 (Block B) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

The most important skill that you need is the ability to write a perceptive analytical essay in which you demonstrate your ability to use critical sources and original ideas. In your own creative writing, you are expected to structure your writing in a sophisticated manner using a consistent register and an appropriate style. Wider reading is absolutely essential to success on this course.

Course content

Year 1

This two year course is designed to ensure breadth and balance. Students will be introduced to many aspects of linguistics; they will increase their knowledge and understanding of grammar; and they will develop their literary appreciation. Students will come to understand how texts are shaped and how they are products of the society in which they were written.

We will study a wide range of examples of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century. In addition, we will study 2 prose fiction texts from a chosen theme.

Students will develop their understanding of how writers and speakers shape and craft language to create a sense of voice in their work and how they communicate ideas or issues

Year 2

Students will continue to study a wide range of examples of literary, non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century and, now, further explore connections between texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts. Students will explore and evaluate the ways different writers convey similar themes and issues in different texts.

We will study a drama text considering the playwright’s use of linguistic and literary features and relevant contextual factors.

The coursework component is designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills as writers, drafting their own original texts for different audiences and purposes. Students will explore the various forms of writing and the ways different writers use linguistic and literary techniques in texts.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English and Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature


Year 1

Assessment is by internal examination at the end of the year.

Year 2

Assessment is by examination (80%) and coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

University requirements

There are a wealth of universities offering English courses. These are some of the typical requirements: Cambridge A*A*A, LSE A*AA, Bristol AAA- these are part of the Russell group. Royal Holloway AAB.

You could go on to do a degree in: English, or any other Arts or Science subject:; Linguistics; English or American Literature; Joint Honours, English with a variety of subjects; English with a foreign language; Applied English studies; Contemporary English; English Education/ Teaching; Creative Writing; English and Drama

Career Options: Business Management; Civil Servant; Law; Politics; Human Resources; Writer; Journalism; Editor; Teacher; Author; Sales; Marketing; Copywriter; Screenwriter

Further information

The most important requirement is your interest in the subject and a willingness to discuss your ideas with others. Students are expected to make active contributions to the lessons having read widely and thought critically about the material under examination. A highly developed personal response based on a secure and detailed knowledge of both language and literature is the key to success in this course.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 07 June 2017
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