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English Language & Literature AS/A2 Level at The Bulmershe School

Course description

The combined study of English and Literature qualification involves producing your own writing such as short stories, drama scripts, newspaper reports and speeches, as well as studying a range of literary and non-literary texts.

The course provides an exciting way of looking at both Language and Literature. Rather than seeing these as separate entities, you will be looking at how each informs the other.

Course content

AS Level Modules:

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing (40%)

Students study a selection of literary, non-literary and digital texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and,one drama text from a prescribed list.

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature (40%)

Students study a wide range of non-fiction texts on their chosen theme, in preparation for responding to an unseen text; and, two literary texts from a chosen theme; one compulsory prose fiction text from a choice of two and one other literary text.


A Level Modules:

Both Components 1 and 2 from AS.

Component 3: Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts (20%).

Students study a chosen topic (free choice); and, two texts relating to their chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text before producing their own writing and commentary.

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained at least a grade B in GCSE English, enjoy learning about how English works and enjoy reading and responding to both non-fiction and literary texts.


Component 1: 2 hours 30 mins open book examination: one question comparing prepared with unseen spoken and written texts; one question on a drama text studied in class.

Component 2: 2 hours 30 mins open book examination: one question on an unseen prose text, one comparative question on a novel and one other text within a specific theme.

Component 3: three coursework assignments, comprising of one piece of fiction writing,one non-fiction piece (2000 words total) and one analytical commentary (1200 words total).

Future opportunities

You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects, such as English, journalism, media and communication studies or law. You can also apply for a job with training in the public and voluntary sectors.

By studying language and literature you will become expert at analysing, interpreting and creating a variety of written and spoken texts, including media. In the real world, including the world of work, we are bombarded with such texts; the skills that you will learn, therefore, such as those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulmershe School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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