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English Language and Literature A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

AS and A Level English Language and Literature will equip you with essential reading, analysing and critiquing skills; enabling progression in employment and higher education.

Gaining a qualification in English unlocks pathways into many higher education subjects, including English, Journalism, History and many other humanities or teaching degrees.

It is also a fantastic subject for employability as you will be able to demonstrate comprehensive communication skills, both verbal and written.

You will explore the ways in which writers employ language and literature theories to present their ideas within their texts. You will also explore the different stylistic frameworks authors use to further present their ideas.

hese newly acquired skills will be used to analyse a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. You will also be given the opportunity to apply your newly learnt analytical skills to your own creative writing.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 4.8 points
  • B or above in English Language

Assessment

Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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