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English Language and Literature A level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

The application of both linguistic and literary approaches is a key element in English Language and Literature. You will study written and spoken forms from various genres (literary and non-literary) and your written responses will be analytical and creative.

As a student of this subject you will have a keen interest in reading texts from a range of time periods and you will have the opportunity to explore the impact of historical and cultural change on text production.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C which should include English and Maths.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to resit them during their first year.


You will study texts representing a range of genres:

Voices in Speech and Writing: Anthology (50%)

This component has an explicit focus on the concept of ‘voice’. You will study how spoken voices are formed and how written voices are created in non-literary and digital texts.

Varieties in Language and Literature: A novel and a secondary text (another novel/ poetry) (50%)

This component focuses on the ways in which different writers convey their thoughts or ideas towards a theme in literary texts.

Future opportunities

Students usually go on to English related degrees, specifically creative writing and journalism, and it can be a core subject for a teaching qualification. There are a variety of career pathways available to students with an English degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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