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English Language and Literature A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

AS Level English Language and Literature involves students in the study of both literary and non-literary texts. Students will develop new approaches to the ways in which texts are analysed, through the acquisition of a wide range of technical vocabulary. They will develop their ability to use linguistic frameworks to analyse texts and will also learn to write in a range of forms and styles for different audiences and purposes. As the course progresses, students will study a range of poetry and a single prose text, examining the ways in which writers use language for different effects. Students will also study modern non-literary media texts and will investigate how spoken language differs from the written word. The course is assessed through two closed book exams; students will be asked to respond to extracts from the set texts they have studied.

Course content

AS Level Paper 1: Views and Voices
You will study a prose text focussing on the genre and viewpoint used, exploring how characters are represented. In addition you will study the work of a specified poet, examining how poetic voice is used to represent the world. You will learn to write analytical essays using a range of literary and linguistic terms and to write in various styles, registers and voices.

AS Level Paper 2: People and Places
You will study an anthology of non-literary and media texts that are linked to the city of Paris. You will learn to compare texts using linguistic terminology and will learn to re-cast information for different audiences using appropriate register and tone..

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature.


Lessons are designed to encourage active student participation. Discussion and group or individual presentations are regular features. Students should be prepared to talk about their own responses to texts and consider alternative interpretations. In order to be successful, it is important that students read widely beyond the set texts and are prepared to increase the range of their personal reading. Above all, the course aims to allow students to develop as critical thinkers and to foster a fascination with the way the English language works.

Future opportunities

English is a subject that demands flexible thinking skills and a fluent writing style. It is therefore an asset in all areas of further study and training. It is a good basis from which to study areas such as law, journalism and medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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