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English Language and Literature at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description


Unit 1 Integrated Analysis & Text Production Students study at least two texts from a choice of ten which can be either drama or prose in order to write an analytical essay in an open book exam as well as a production piece based on one of the texts, giving students the opportunity for creative writing.

Unit 2 Analysing Speech and Its Representations Students study one text, which is either drama or prose, in order to write primarily about the way in which dialogue is used. This is a closed book exam, but students will be given a passage to base their answers on. The second element of this module is based on speech analysis and will involve the comparisons between spoken and written presentation of speech. This will involve the study of transcripts, speeches and other media where speech is presented.


Unit 3 Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation This module is based on an area of writing, for example women’s journalism or travel writing, and involves the adaptation of these forms in a creative writing production task which focuses on your ability to change style to match the right purpose – for example transferring information from a short story into a speech. The other area of this module involves comparisons between the ways ideas are conveyed in different forms of writing – for example between a written speech, direct speech and a narrative

Unit 4 Comparative Analysis through Independent Study The only coursework element of the course involves the comparison between the work of a poet and either that of another poet, or a piece of drama or prose, and will focus on the writer’s presentation and style of writing.

Entry requirements

Students need to have prepared a Reading Diary of non-fiction previously read and a journal of a favourite novel.Grade ‘C’ or above at GCSE English is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years