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English Language and Literature at Formby High School

Course description

A Level English Language and Literature is one of the most popular subjects in the school with results which consistently build on the national reputation of the department at GCSE level. Our course has a 100% success rate over the past ten years with last year’s cohort achieving 95% A* - C.

The feedback from students is that our lessons are well planned, innovative and give plenty of opportunity to develop ideas and independence. They say that work is quickly and efficiently marked and always gives clear and detailed guidance for improvement. Prospective Oxbridge candidates are prepared for their personal statements and interviews from early in the first term of Sixth Form

Course content

English Language and Literature enables you to study the two aspects of English as interconnecting disciplines in ways which deepen the understanding and enjoyment of these areas.

The course enables you to develop your ability to use linguistic and literary critical concepts as well as analytical frameworks in commenting on spoken language and written texts. The course will allow you to develop as independent, confident and reflective readers, enabling you to relate literary and non - literary texts to the contexts in which they were produced.

The course requires you to study both spoken and written texts, to analyse ways of constructing meanings through language. There is an imaginative and engaging choice of texts and topics which will generate enthusiasm including texts such as Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.

You will be inspired by learning about spoken and written language from real and imagined worlds as you engage with the craft of writing to analyse texts in both Year 12 and Year 13. You will also complete a coursework portfolio of your own creative and non - fiction writing in Year 13.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


The AS Level course (which all students will undertake during Year 12) will be assessed through two examinations (1 hour and 30 mins each) worth 50% of the marks each . The A Level course will be assessed through two examinations (2 hours and 30 mins each) worth 40% of the marks each, plus a coursework portfolio worth 20% of the marks.

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable skills in speaking and writing for different purposes and audiences. The course will form a good basis for study in any future pathway – the Arts, the Humanities, Law and the Sciences

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Formby High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September