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English Combined (Language & Literature) at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study English Language and Literature?

English Language and Literature is a stimulating and varied subject. It is an excellent choice for students who have enjoyed both areas of English at GCSE level and are just as interested in non-fiction and non-literary writing as they are in great plays and novels.

Our language and literature students achieve excellent examination results and have done so consistently for many years; with a 100% pass rate and a high proportion of students achieving A* - B grades. We are a Grade 1 subject according to Ofsted who assessed our lessons as "exciting and lively" and our success rates as truly outstanding: five of our students in recent years have even scored in the top five nationally in their A Level examinations!

You will be taught by enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced tutors, with a wealth of experience and qualifications, from writing textbooks to setting and marking papers for national examining boards.

We also want our students to explore the world of English outside the classroom and get to know other English students on the course. We go to London for a residential trip each year to visit theatres and the British Library along with other enrichment such as:

  • Creative Writing Society
  • Gifted and Talented groups
  • English Society
  • Debating Society

The department has a team of talented, well-qualified and committed staff who are passionate about their subject. Many are examiners, whilst others are published authors or hold higher degrees.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 53% of students achieving A*-B grades.

What will I study?

Over the two-year A Level course, you will study a novel, a biography, a play, a selection of poetry and an anthology of non-fiction texts.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For English Combined specifically, this should include Grades 5 and 6 in English Language and English Literature (either way round).
If students haven't studied English Literature, they will need to discuss this option with the Head of School.


How is the course assessed?

This course will be assessed by an examination worth 80%, and coursework worth 20%. This includes re-cast writing as well as the more traditional essay form. For the coursework, students will compare a literary and a non-literary text of their choice.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

English Language and Literature is highly regarded by universities and can lead to a degree course in English or in a range of other subjects. It can pave the way to a variety of occupations, after all, anything you are likely to do will involve using English! A recent survey indicated that English graduates enter careers varying from teaching to management and marketing; to journalism and the arts.

Where are you going?

  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Teacher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Arts
  • Business Studies
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Psychology
  • Modern Languages
  • Sociology

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAENGCO

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