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English Language and Literature B - Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE at Outwood Academy, Adwick

Course description

This course qill allow you to aquire 1 AS level.

Course content

AS Language (year 12) - During the first year you will focus on 'Seeing Through Language'. During this module you will look at how language is developed and used by society, from young children learning to speak to the language of advertising and films. You will be assessed by 1 piece of coursework and an examination in June of year 12.

AS Literature (year 12) - You will begin by studying a novel and a play, both of which focus on the subject of 'Tragedy'. This initial study will lead to an assessed coursework essay. In the remainder of year 12 you will study a selection of poetry and a further two novels, which will form part of your written examination in June.

Entry requirements

GCSE English at grade C or above.

GCSE English Literature at grade C or above would be an advantage, but is not essential.

If you enjoyed English GCSE and want to develop your independent critical analysis skills, then this course is for you.

A love of reading and an ability to think critically and independently are key skills in succeeding on this course


Your coursework will be assessed throughout the course and a sample will be sent to an external moderator. There is one exam in June

Future opportunities

Typically, students who complete AS/A2 English Language and Literature go on to higher education/university. The course is ideal preparation for continuation of literature based studies, such as an English degree

Students thinking of a career in teaching also often follow this route.

English Language and Literature are also an ideal stepping stone for those thinking of a career involving journalism, or a media-based career. The independent study and analytical skills developed throughout this course make English Language and Literature ideal preparation for any area of further study .

There are too many career opportunities to mention, but it is safe to say that English Language and Literature AS/A2 can be the gateway to your future.

Further information

There is a large element of reading involved covering a vast genre of texts written over the last 600 years. You will study plays, novels and poems and will have the opportunity to develop your own research skills. If you enjoy reading and writing, want to develop skills in independent and imaginative critical thinking and have a lively interest in culture and creativity, and want to express your own opinion, in the written form or within a group, then this subject will definitely help with that.

There are many opportunities to see live productions of the texts being studied.

You will have access to a large variety of literature spanning many generations and genres. This course also encourages independent thoughts and responses. An ideal opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about what you read!


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy, Adwick directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 year