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English Language &Literature at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course involves students interpreting, analysing and commenting on a diverse and thought-provoking range of both literary and linguistic texts, including novels, plays, poetry, literary non-fiction and spoken language. In addition to responding creatively and independently to texts in a technically accurate way, students will be getting the chance to transform texts, inspired by the writers they are studying. The course offers students the opportunity to study a rich variety of literary genres, as well as improving speaking and listening skills and developing personal qualities.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Introduction to Language and Literature Study Exam. This unit is an introduction to the study of language and literature using a short Anthology of literary and non-literary texts. The unit requires students to study an Anthology of thematically linked spoken and written texts which will offer them the opportunity to consider the three major literary genres and a range of non-literary texts. The current Anthology for this unit is 'Food Glorious Food'.

Unit 2: Themes in Language and Literature Coursework. This coursework unit gives students the opportunity to study major prose genres, including fiction and literary non-fiction. The aim of this unit is to develop candidates' reading and writing skills through the in-depth study of writers' crafting.

A Level:

Unit 3: Talk in Life and Literature - Exam. The emphasis in this unit is on spoken language. Students are required to study one play from a choice of four set plays which will include at least one work by Shakespeare. They will also be required to apply their skills and knowledge of literary and linguistic concepts and approaches to a variety of transcripts of real life spoken situations.

Unit 4: Text Transformation Coursework. In this unit students apply the knowledge, understanding and insights gained from literary and linguistic studies, to transform the original work into a different genre or sub-genre, and to provide a commentary which reflects upon their work, demonstrating greater understanding of the creative process. Students will choose their programme of coursework using the lists of prescribed authors in consultation with their teachers.

Entry requirements

Students will be interested in exploring and developing their interest in both literature and language. They are keen to explore language, style and issues within fiction and non-fiction, written and spoken texts. They will have at least a grade C in GCSE English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.