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English Language & Literature AS/A2 at Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

Course description

This course will enable you to reach a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that have influenced the literary and linguistic heritage of the English language. Much of the reading for the course will be guided, but you will also be expected to undertake some reading in your own time.

The course will encourage and develop skills necessary to analyse the ways that spoken English is represented in both literary and non-literary contexts. This will enable you to work towards a wider understanding of the way that language functions as a medium of communication; as a consequence, you will improve your own skills of analysis and self-expression.

By the end of the course, you will have gained an insight into the scope offered by the subject, in terms both of opportunities for further study, and as the basis of a career path. The course will allow you to develop as an independent reader and writer. You will examine the relationship of language and literature through reading widely and you will learn to develop your writing skills to write fluently for a variety of audiences.

Course content


Unit 1: Integrated Analysis and Text Production

Unit 2: Analysing Speech and its Representation


Unit 3: Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation

Unit 4: Comparative Analysis through Independent Study

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at Grade C or above with at least a B in English Language and Literature.


80% examination, 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

English forms part of many combined-subject higher education courses and can lead to a wide range of careers for example in the arts, journalism and the media, as well as business studies, the law and administration.

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Contact name:
    • Islington Consortium Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 7017 3040
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