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English Language And Literature A level at South Downs College

Course description

Are you interested in all forms of English? Do you like to explore language widely, not just in traditional literary texts, but in all forms of communication including blogging, Twitter and television? Would you like to develop your own writing in both fiction and nonfiction forms?

English Language and Literature combined will develop your skills in all of these areas and offers you the widest variety of English study.

Course content

The course includes the reading and analysis of a range of texts. You will explore fiction, including poetry and prose, from modern poet Jacob Sam La-Rose’s 2013 collection to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. This course also examines a variety of non-fiction texts, such as Captain Robert Scott’s 1912 diary chronicling his polar expedition, to Russell Brand’s interview with a select committee on drug policy.

Throughout the course you will also develop your own writing, including public speeches, short stories and articles, as well as expanding your understanding of English language at a more complex, technical level. In the second year you will work independently on coursework centred on non-fiction texts, including the work of renowned blogger, Allie Brosh, as well as developing your skills of literary analysis and applying them to a drama text.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics. English Language B would be preferable

You must have a passion for reading and writing


At the end of the first year you will be entered for AS exams. These will not count toward your final grade but will give an indication of progress and a predicted grade for university/job applications.

In the second year you will complete an extended piece of coursework, independently, using your own selection of text (alongside a core non-fiction text) and supplementing that with a piece of your own non-fiction writing.

At the end of the second year you will complete 3 exams on the remaining components of the course:

  • Exploring Non-Fiction
  • The Language of Poetry and Plays
  • Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is excellent preparation for any degree course that involves extensive analysis, essay writing and independent research, and will particularly prepare you for any English or linguistic degree.

Career options include Teaching, Journalism, Publishing, Copy-Writing, Public Relations, Information Services, Law, Politics and Media and any other area which requires strong communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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