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English (Combined) A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

Do you enjoy reading and writing independently, away from your college studies? Above everything else, this is the sign that you will enjoy and be successful at A Level English, whether you choose Literature or Language and Literature Combined.

Entry requirements

The skills that you will learn in this subject, such as independent research, close reading, analysis and evaluation of material and assimilation of material into a formal essay are desirable skills for universities. English (Combined) therefore is an ideal companion to History, Spanish/French, Psychology, Religious Studies or any of the Science subjects.


Examination 100%
The components comprise a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text along with creative writing and an accompanying commentary. Candidates will also study a drama text and learn how to respond critically to non-fiction. Students will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of texts and hone their critical analysis skills. The chance to produce original creative writing will enable students to explore a range of texts and genres.

A Level
Examination 80% Non-exam assessment 20%
The components comprise a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text and the critical response to prose. Students will also study drama texts including a Shakespeare play. This course also develops student engagement with spoken language and nonliterary materials. The non-exam assessment enables pupils to pursue an independent line of enquiry investigating language usage within a particular text or genre.

Future opportunities

Obviously English Combined will be appropriate for students who wish to progress to study a form of English at university. It also provides many of the skills desirable for degrees in History, Law, Anthropology, Criminology or Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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