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A-Level English Lang./Lit. at Winstanley College

Course description

Why study English Language and Literature at Winstanley?

Studying English Language and Literature can offer you a whole range of vital skills such as reading critically, writing analytically and responding creatively. We encourage group work and class discussion, a feature of the department which many students tell us is particularly enjoyable and worthwhile. English Language and Literature will give you an excellent grounding in a whole range of literary texts, both traditional and modern, as well as the chance to write creatively and to learn about the way we communicate through speech. The course combines many of the aspects of the two other English A-Levels and will provide you with an excellent basis for studying English at university.

Beyond A-Level

Students who opt for English Combined go on to study for the widest possible range of degrees. Many go on to study for the various English Language, Literature or Linguistics degrees available. In addition, many students use their English A-Level as a stepping stone to degrees in such diverse subjects as Maths and Medicine, Japanese and Interior Design! It’s hard to find any walk of life where clear, accurate verbal and written communication skills in critical reading and analysis are not valued.

What will I study?

You’ll look at a number of set texts. These may include A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and a collection of poetry by Seamus Heaney.

You’ll also look at talk in all its forms, formal and informal, planned and spontaneous, public and private.

You’ll study a collection of non-fiction texts on the subject of Paris.

You’ll develop creative skills in adapting texts.

You’ll work on an investigation which compares two texts, one spoken and one a literary text of your own choosing. This gives you the opportunity to choose your own coursework text and explore any area of non-literary material you find interesting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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