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A Level English Language and Literature at Huddersfield New College

Course description

You will study a selection of texts; a novel, a drama, poetry and reportage plus a selection of short texts thematically linked in an AQA anthology on Paris. You will study such texts as:

• The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
• Othello - William Shakespeare
• Selected Poems by Seamus Heaney (in AQA Anthology)
• Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer 

Course content

This is a course for students who like reading and analysing texts. The two main modules are Telling Stories and Exploring Conflct. You will also have an opportunity to do some creative writing. You will look at writers’ techniques, some sociolinguistic theory and a range of different genres. You should enjoy close analysis, discussing and developing your ideas and you will need to have an open-minded approach. You should also enjoy constructing your own written pieces and be able to analyse and evaluate your own writing. English Language and Literature combines very well with other traditional essay writing subjects such as History, Government and Politics, Religious Studies and Classical Civilisation as well as Drama, Media, Psychology and Sociology. 


Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 5 in GCSE English Literature, if taken.

General entry criteria will also apply, this is available on our website.


English Language and Literature A Level is assessed by two written examinations at the end of two years (80%). You will also submit a portfolio of coursework consisting of a personal investigation into a literary and a non-literary text (20%). 

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is a highly respected academic A Level. There is potential for you to progress onto a wide range of university degrees leading to careers including teaching, creative writing, journalism and human resources. 

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: 09 October 2017
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