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English Language and Literature at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

This course provides an interesting blend of Language and Literature. Over the two years, students are given an opportunity to read and explore plays, novels and poems, as well as to create their own pieces of creative writing linked to these. If you are creative, imaginative, analytical, and keen on discussing literary works, then this is the course for you!


In Unit 1, you will be presented with an anthology of texts relating to a certain theme. The theme changes every year - for example, this year the texts are linked to the theme of Food; last year it was Travel. Students are expected to explore, discuss and analyse these texts, paying particularly close attention to the language used. This presents interesting opportunities to explore a whole variety of texts and to analyse language in a detailed, sophisticated way.

Unit 2 invites you to get inside the mind of the author. You will read two novels and will then be expected to produce two pieces of coursework based on these texts; one a creative piece and the other an analytical essay. These tasks offer students a chance to enjoy reading and discussing two intriguing novels from different eras, and to create an imaginative piece of writing relating to these.


In Unit 3, you have the opportunity to explore in-depth the language of a classic play (Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tennessee Williams’s Streetcar Named Desire have been used in recent years). Getting under the skin of the playwright, you will analyse their work in order to identify and explain their dramatic effects.

Unit 4 suits students who enjoy both reading and creative writing. You are required to choose two authors from an exciting, varied and extensive list. This list includes, amongst many others, modern novelists such as Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood, as well as the likes of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Students are asked to produce two Text Transformations – essentially pieces of original writing linked to and inspired by two of these texts. There is plenty of scope here for independent learning and creativity

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. C grade or higher in GCSE English Language and in English Literature. One of these should be a B grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years