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English Language and Literature at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

The A Level English Language and Literature course allows students to develop as independent, confident and reflective readers and writers.

The course helps students to explore the relationship of language and literature through a wide range of reading opportunities, critical reading of and response to both literary and non-literary texts, as well as writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will explore a wide range of literary, non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will focus on the ways in which ‘voices’ are used or crafted in a variety of genres, encouraging the integrated analysis of linguistic and literary features.


Course content

The texts studied for examination will include:

• A variety of non-literary and digital texts from an anthology

• One literary drama text

• One set prose fiction ‘anchor text’

• One other literary text, thematically linked to the anchor text

For the coursework element, students will be guided in the choice of a theme, studying one fiction and one non-fiction text relating to their chosen topic. These texts will be used as the stimuli for two pieces of original creative writing, with accompanying commentaries.

Entry requirements

Applicants to Hillview Sixth Form are expected to have a least a Grade 5 in both English and Maths. Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for English Language & Literature A Level are Grade B / Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature. Students should also have an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Future opportunities

The qualities of oral and written communication that are gained through the course, combined with the high level of skills acquired in self-reliant study, provide a firm basis for future employment. Those who study English go on to a variety of different careers including: Broadcast and Print Journalism, Multi-media, Arts Administration, Advertising and Marketing, Primary and Secondary teaching and the Law.

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Links with other courses

Drama, Media and Film Studies.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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