English Language and Literature A level at Sandwell College
At Central Sixth, you have the choice to study one of three qualifications at AS and A Level: English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature (as a combined subject). The combined English Language and Literature course allows you to explore a variety of types of writing (fiction and non-fiction) and to produce some writing of your own (adaptations rather than original writing). So why choose the combined English and Literature qualification? If you enjoy producing your own writing such as short stories, drama scripts, newspaper reports and speeches, and have a genuine interest in different types of literature, then this course is for you! The course provides an exciting way of looking at both Language and Literature. Rather than seeing them as separate entities, you will be looking at how each informs the other.
In the first year, you will analyse language and meanings in a novel and fourteen poems and in non-fiction texts, personal letters, spontaneous speech, multimedia texts, and even charts and diagrams, transcripts, and lists. You will also make adaptations of texts and reflect on how you created those adaptations.
In the second year, you will analyse language and meanings in two novels, fourteen poems and a play, and also in non-fiction texts, personal letters, spontaneous speech, multimedia texts, and even charts and diagrams, transcripts, and lists. You will also make adaptations of one of the novels and reflect on how you created those adaptations. For coursework, you will explore a theme or a technique in literary and non-literary texts.
All students studying for any AS English qualification will be expected to have a minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C in academic subjects. These must include a grade C or above in GCSE English Language and a grade C or above in GCSE English Literature. In order to progress from AS to A2 students would need a D grade at AS Level.
AS and A Level English subjects are assessed through examination, with an internally assessed language research project for A2.
Most students will go on to study at university. Many A Level English students go on to take the subject at degree level; some choose to follow degrees in Journalism, Creative Writing and Media related courses. A Level English and Literature is a very versatile subject to study and if you are considering going into employment after College, this qualification will demonstrate your ability to communicate at a high level of competency. The study of English is useful for a wide range of careers including the legal profession, teaching, the media, the forces and marketing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandwell College directly.