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English Literature and Language A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The two year course focuses on the study of literature and linguistics from both the past and the present, covering a range of poetry, prose and drama.  It encourages the student to become an informed and independent reader and writer of both prepared and unprepared texts, responding to them critically and creatively. The course is ideal for anyone who enjoys critically and imaginatively engaging with texts and may lead to a variety of University courses. Studying texts across different genres and developing language analysis leads to the development of written responses which can be an imaginative, creative and critical.


 Unit 1 – 3hr exam – Open book only for section C (worth 40% of total A level)

 Unit 2– 2hr 30 minutes open book exam (worth 40% of total A level)

 Unit 3 – Non examined assessment - 2500 word independent critical study (worth 20% of total A level)

Future opportunities

The reading, research, essay writing and analytical skills developed through the Literature and Language A level support a wide range of university courses. English is good for any job that involves communication, writing and/or literary knowledge. These include: advertising, marketing, writing and journalism, law, consultancy, business, teaching, performing arts, academia, government, linguistics, foreign languages, media and design. Careers in the sciences, engineering, technology and maths also need more English than you think. Writing proposals, academic papers & articles and communicating with others is key to getting funding for projects and reaching people with your work.

Further information

This could take the form of reading, guided research, collecting data, analysing texts using specific linguistic methods or composing original pieces to prepare for coursework. Trips will be offered to university lectures and the theatre when suitable opportunity arises. Students should expect to work independently and read widely around the topics they are studying. To support wider reading, there is a KS5 reading group after school.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years