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IB English Language and Literature Diploma at Hartsdown Academy

Course description

The English Language and Literature diploma course for the International Baccalaureate is an integrated course in which students study the power of language in both literary and non-literary texts, and spoken language. Texts range from Shakespeare to controversial adverts, so really do encompass a huge range of forms of communication across the English speaking world. Students will analyse the language and structure of texts as well as consider how texts can be understood through their social, historical and cultural contexts. The study of literature texts will enable students to develop an understanding of literary criticism and promote the ability to form independent literary judgements.

Course content

Part 1: Language in cultural context

Texts are chosen form a variety of sources, genres, and media

Part 3: Literature- texts and contexts

Three texts, one of which is a text in translation, and one from a prescribed list

Part 2: Language and mass communication

Selection of texts from variety of sources, genres, and media

Part 4: Literature- critical study

Three texts, all chosen from a prescribed list of authors

Entry requirements

You will need at least a GCSE Grade 4 in English Language, preferably a grade 5, and preferably a 4 in GCSE English Literature


This course is assessed through a variety of written and oral communications, through oral commentary, essays, exams, and presentations.

Future opportunities

This course complements a number of the vocational subject, and taken in combination with other subjects and depending on your pathway of study this course can lead to higher education and/or apprenticeships. Also English lends itself particularly to working in Journalism, Law, Publishing, Media, Teaching, Advertising, and Public Relations

Further information

For further nformation on this course pleasr contact Mrs Henderson on 01843 227957 or

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 10


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