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English Language and Literature at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

The accurate, sophisticated use of language marks one out from the crowd; the study of great literature, including the development of familiar texts in new directions, gives one a better understanding of human behaviour. It is for these reasons that the study of English Language and Literature is appreciated by universities and employers as most worthwhile and an appropriate preparation for a wide range of degree courses and careers.

Studying this subject at Queen Mary’s also offers students many opportunities to
experience an enriching programme of extra-curricular activities. These include: theatre visits, university lecture days, school drama productions, a ‘Gothic Immersion’ weekend at the school’s Welsh centre, Farchynys, and our own reading group, ‘The Literary Society’.

English Language and Literature offers a challenging and enjoyable programme of study for those with an interest and enthusiasm for the use of language and the development of literature. Universities recognise the subject as most academic, accepting students who have studied this type of course for English Language or Literature. Indeed, the study of elements of Language and Literature is the pattern for many university English courses.

Course content

AS Level Course Content:
AS Level English Language and Literature (EMC) develops learners’ ability to apply and
integrate linguistic and literary approaches. Learners develop techniques of analysis,
evaluation and production of texts. Learners study a wide range of spoken and written
texts from different times including three substantial texts, which include prose, poetry
and non-literary texts.
A level
learners will further develop their skills as producers and interpreters of
language through independent study and wider reading in an area of particular personal interest, offering excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level.

Set texts are still to be decided but they may include:
A non-fiction written and spoken texts anthology that focuses on 20 spoken and
written texts across different time periods, types of text and contexts (as per AS
Selected poems by William Blake (as per AS Level)
One of ‘Othello’, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, or ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Two post- 2000 texts of the students’ own choice that are to make up the
coursework folder e.g. ‘Down and Out in Paris or London’, ‘The Lost Continent’,
‘I am the Secret Footballer’, or ‘Twelve Years a Slave’.


Entry requirements

You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level. 


Examinations and coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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