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English Language & Literature A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose English Language & Literature?
English Language and Literature is an exciting and academically challenging course which encourages you to develop and assess the ways in which a diverse range of writers and speakers create meaning. You will learn to apply a range of linguistic and literary critical concepts and analytical frameworks to a great variety of texts, from a selection of non-fiction texts and great literary classics. In lessons we will study a number of pre-1900 poems and two prose texts. You will then produce two pieces of creative writing inspired by your own reading.

The course encourages you towards a broad knowledge of texts, especially those for performance. You will complete an extended piece of writing based on a theme of your choosing and produce two new texts for performance which can be prompted by your own interests and hobbies. You will also learn to appreciate thesocial, historical and cultural factors which influence speakers and writers. There are also opportunities to take part in writer’s workshops as well as attend theatre visits and other cultural activities. Our ambition is that studying this course leaves you with a lifelong passion for language and reading literature.

What will I study?
Unit 1 - Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts
Unit 2 - The language of poetry and plays
Unit 3 - Reading as a writer, writing as a reader
Unit 4 - Independent study: analysing and producing texts

What can I study it with?
Due to its academic nature the course is highly regarded by Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. As such, it combines well with any of the other subjects offered in the Sixth Form, and will benefit Arts and Science students alike.

Career opportunities
Students who have studied English Language and Literature have gone on to study a wide range of disciplines at university, including English Literature and Creative Writing. The subject develops your ability to communicate with a diverse range of audiences and a plurality of purposes. Typical careers include advertising, writing for radio and television, education and administration.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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  • Start date: Next September

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