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English Language and Literature A level at St Dominic's Sixth Form College

Course description

Courses in the English and Modern Foreign Languages Department combine rigorous preparation for exam success with the opportunity to venture beyond the syllabus. Recognising how concepts taught in class can be related to the world around us is central to making courses relevant and dynamic.

Course content

A level English Language and Literature (AQA linear)

  • Paper 1: Telling Stories: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Robert Browning’s poetry, Anthology of texts on Paris.
  • Paper 2: Exploring Conflict: F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby & Tenessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Non-Exam Assessment: ‘Making Connections’ (report comparing of literary text and linguistic data).

Entry requirements

7 GCSEs at C or above, including Englsh Language and English Literature

Future opportunities

Courses in English are extremely well-respected, hence their status as ‘Facilitating Subjects’ (subjects which universities particularly wish to see in prospective university applicants), and they therefore act as a superb springboard to higher education for courses such as Journalism, Law, Business, Drama, Film, and Speech Therapy as well as, of course, English. They also complement Medicine and Dentistry by demonstrating strong communication skills.

In recent years students studying in our department have gone on to a wide variety of Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.    

Further information

We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities to students. Out of college, these have included an outing to the British Library to promote creative writing,  a trip to see The Importance of Being Earnest in a West End Theatre,  and Open Days at the universities of Oxford and Liverpool. In college, students took part in a poetry flash mob for National Poetry Day, ran the Advanced Literature Society, Writers Club and Debating Society, acted as roving readers on World Book Day, and organised the International Day of Languages. There were visiting graduates in all subjects.

Teachers in the Department run activities such as Debating, World Cinema club and Netball.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Dominic's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016
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