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English Language & Literature AS/A2 Level at The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School

Course description

Learning about English Language provides students with skills that allow them to represent the best of themselves in any situation they may experience. Studying English Literature allows students to reflect on central human themes and social contexts, helping them to understand their own lives. This course encourages students to develop their interest in both language and literature as interconnecting disciplines.

The course will give students the tools to analyse language and literature precisely and systematically, at the same time as developing the students as individuals and as users of spoken and written language. The study of English Language and Literature should enhance performance in other subjects which involve spoken or written English as well as being fascinating in its own right.

Course content

AS level Year 12 60% Examination, 40% Coursework "Introduction to Language and Literary Study" (a thematic anthology of texts will be studied) "Themes in Language and Literature" 2 texts (one pre 1900, one post 1900 will be studied)

A2 level Year 13 60% Examination, 40% Coursework "Talk in Life and Literature" Students study a play by Shakespeare and also the functions, uses and development of speech in the world today. "Text Transformation" Students study a range of text then produce two transformed texts in a new genre.

Entry requirements

B grades or above for English and English Literature. Students with C grades will be interviewed by the Head of Department. All students must show a determination to work hard, an enthusiasm for reading and a fascination with language if they are to be considered for the course.


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Future opportunities

It is expected that the majority of students will want to continue to study English Language and Literature at A2 level. After leaving school many students will go on to university. The English Language and Literature A level is an excellent foundation for further study in a whole range of subjects. It is also good preparation for a wide range of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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