English Language and Literature A Level at St Laurence School
The course will enable you to:
develop an understanding of the ways in which forms and meanings in language are shaped
write and think creatively and analytically
study a wide range of poetry, prose, drama, non-literary and spoken texts
pursue your interest and enjoyment in literature and language by specialising in a particular
language issue or genre, written up as an extended coursework assignment
understand how culture, history, society and other contextual features influence texts.
In order to study this fascinating subject it is recommended you should have good pass GCSE
qualifications in English and English Literature. You will need to be prepared to study and analyse a
wide variety of non-literary and literary texts, and comment on styles of writing, including your own
creative writing; spoken and written grammar is also taught and referred to consistently on the
course. Reading will cover texts from many historical periods as well as contemporary texts.
Those students who have studied English Language and English Literature at GCSE will find they will
be developing the skills they acquired at GCSE; however, they will learn to analyse texts using a
framework that requires them to draw on linguistic and literary approaches to analysis.
Students taking English Language and Literature need to be aware that language use is affected by
context, and is in a continuing state of flux. Therefore, they need to be interested not just in
language and literature, but also in exchanging ideas and the world around them. We expect
students to read widely as a matter of course, primarily because they love to.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.