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English Language & Literature A-level OUN at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

This integrated English Literature and Language course focuses on literary and linguistic approaches to texts and writing. It offers students the best of ‘both worlds’ as classic literature is studied, such as highly acclaimed novels and poetry, alongside non-literary ‘real world’ texts. This develops a wide-ranging set of analytical and writing skills students can use at university or at work. Furthermore, originality is encouraged through students’ creation of their own texts, as well as producing an independently sourced and researched coursework task. A rigorous, well-respected and rewarding course.


Course content

Methods of language analysis are developed across all topics.

Paper 1: Telling Stories

We consider why stories are told and how they are constructed. We study narratives with different views of place, prose fiction from imagined worlds and poetry with a strong sense of personal perspective

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

We study how to re-create a base text and to be critical of our own writing. We also study a classic drama text and study conflict at different levels, from the domestic to the societal.

Making Connections – Investigation An independent investigation into connections between a literary and non-literary text. This can be based on a theme or particular linguistic strategies.

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements for this course (in addition to at least 5 Grade 5s inc. English and Maths): Grade 5 in both Language and Literature at GCSE.


Paper 1: 40 %

Paper 2: 40%

Non-exam assessment: 20 %

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Can lead to a degree in English Language or Literature or combined.

Skills are transferable to many careers and degree courses, such as close stylistic analysis, understanding the workings of the English language, literary study, research skills and expertise in writing.

Future opportunities

Degree in English literature or Language, Linguistics, Language development, Psychology, teaching degrees (Secondary or Primary) Careers: Journalism, teaching, writing, publishing and advertising are just a few!

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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: 20 October 2017
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