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English Language and Literature A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

The combined course helps you to develop your skills and interests through study of a wide range of literary and non literary texts. You will learn about connections between language and literature and consider the approaches of different linguists. You will relate written and spoken texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts, writing both creatively and analytically.

Course content

The syllabus has four Units of study, which incorporate both linguistic and literary texts.
Unit one
Requires study of a wide variety of written texts, both non-fiction and spoken, including autobiographical and biographical writing, letters, journals, essays and media texts. Close study of Spoken Language is a requirement. This will entail analysis of formal speeches and transcripts of conversations, study of verbal conventions, exploration of influences on speech development and usage, and reflection on the power of the spoken word. Assessment is via terminal exam.
Units two and three
Require study of Literary texts, including novels, plays and poetry from a range of eras. These will be assessed via terminal exam, and one section will have an element of creative writing as one of the tasks.

Unit four
A coursework task which we hope will allow some individual choices by students in terms of texts studied and creative work. Assessment is by production of a portfolio and submission for external assessment.

This is a very broad and varied course which will suit those who enjoy exploring the impact of language across a wide spectrum of texts and situations.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in both GCSE language and literature or a B grade in another relevant subject and a grade 6 in one of these.

Future opportunities

English is widely accepted as one of the most reputable and rigorous of all the academic disciplines. It provides an excellent basis for any career where clarity of thought, sound judgments and reasoning are required. The civil service, law, journalism, television and creative writing are just a few careers where English would be an advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
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