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A-Levels - A Level English Language and Literature at Wakefield College

Course description

Have you noticed you speak differently with your friends than you do with your older relatives or a teacher?

Have you also noticed that the way you speak is different to how you write your essays?

This course looks into those differences and why people change their style of communication in different contexts. The course also takes you through a variety of genres to read, from non-fiction electronic texts like blogs and personal writing such as diaries – to literary texts like poetry, novels and drama. There will be trips out to help you see language 'in action' too. The course literally is a combination of language and literature, so if at GCSE you liked reading and analysing the effect of the writer’s style, plus you have a creative streak and like to write your own fiction and non-fiction, the Combined English course is for you.

Course content

You will be given an anthology of 20th and 21st Century fiction and non-fiction texts of a variety of genres, from autobiographies to film scripts. You will look at how writers and speakers use voice and language techniques for the best effect, and you will focus on some key differences between speech and writing. For assessment, you will compare a text from the anthology with an unseen text.  You will read and analyse a novel and poetry and in your second year you will also have coursework. You will write two of your own creative pieces: one fiction and one non-fiction and analyse the techniques you used. To complete coursework you will read another fiction and non-fiction text (can be free choice) and learn to research other works for inspiration for the topic.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 9-4 or  A*-C, including Maths grade 4 plus English Language at a 5 


Year 1: full mock exams - focus is on Anthology with unseen text analysis and poetry and prose comparison.

Full A Level (Year 2): Two exams (40% each) and coursework (20%)
Paper 1 (anthology and unseen texts comparison & drama analysis): 2.5 hours
Paper 2 (prose and poetry comparison & one unseen text analysis): 2.5 hours
Part 3 (Coursework): create 1 fiction and 1 non-ficiton piece & 1 analysis essay comparing your work with the work of your chosen books to read.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students. For Lang/Lit you will be given clean copies of the texts in the exam (free of charge), but it is recommended that you buy your own copies to study with for the year. You can buy second hand copies from Amazon and EBay – just ensure they are the same version (publisher) as the exam texts. Details will be given to you in your first session in September. We also try to put trips on that will help you when you study e.g. to the theatre; the cost of these will vary. 

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

You would be able to go on to a wide variety of degree courses including Linguistics, Journalism, Cultural Studies, English Language or English Literature. English Language and Literature A Level also provides reading and analytical skills that would be useful if you wish to study for a career in areas such as Law at university.

If you are progressing to employment after College, English Combined provides a useful foundation for any job, as you will always be making contact with people, and adapting your language use accordingly. You will also have excellent reading skills of a variety of genres, so you should never be daunted by complex literature in the workplace. However, it is particularly valuable as a preparation for teaching, media-based careers and the Arts.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 20 June 2019
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