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English Language and Literature at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

Novels, diaries, plays, travel writing, poetry, radio scripts, monologues, letters, newspaper articles, speeches, short stories.

Do you like reading widely? Would you like to learn how to analyse a variety of literary and non-literary texts, and how to use these texts as a basis for your own writing?

If so, this might be the course you are looking for.

Course content

During the course you can expect to study:

  • how to write in different styles for a variety of readers;
  • how to analyse prose, poetry and drama from linguistic and literary perspectives;
  • how to analyse the language of real speech and how speech is used in literature;
  • how to compare literary texts, non-literary texts and speech.

You will be looking at a wide variety of texts and learning grammar and other terminology appropriate to the study of speech and writing. Classes will be discussing the form and content of texts from different periods, and considering the effects of this variation. You will also be writing in a variety of forms.

A variety of teaching methods are employed in lessons, including paired work, small group activity, whole-class work and individual tuition. Independent reading and research are also important components of the course.

Entry requirements

  • You should have at least a grade C in both English Language and English Literature.
  • Experience shows that your chances of success in this subject are greater if you have a grade B in both English Language and English Literature.
  • In addition to this an interest in reading is essential.


The course comprises two exam papers and one Non-Exam Assessment (coursework).

Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of qualification)

This unit is in three parts and involves aspects of both literary and linguistic study. The focus is on how places and events can be portrayed in many forms, from everyday conversation to poetry.
Section A - Remembered Places
You will study a range of items from an anthology of varied material relating to the city of Paris. This will include the study of spoken English as well as fiction and non-fiction texts.
Section B - Imagined Worlds
Study of a novel (e.g. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) with a focus on the way narratives project a point of view in relation to characters, places and events. (Open book)
Section C- Poetic Voices
Study of a selection of poems by one poet (e.g. John Donne) with a focus on how narratives are told in verse. (Open book)

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of qualification)
In preparation for this exam you will explore how conflicts between people and in societies can be represented.
Section A - Writing About Society
You will study a set prose text, for example The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; in the exam you will be asked to re-write an episode from the novel from a different perspective and in a different form with a commentary to explain the choices you made. (Open book)
Section B – Dramatic Encounters
In preparation for the exam you will study a play (e.g. Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire) and will be asked to discuss the playwright’s portrayal of an aspect of conflict with the drama. (Open book)

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework): Making Connections (20% of qualification)
This aspect of the course involves the writing of a research report into a specific theme or technique which must investigated in literary and non-literary texts. Students need to undertake their own research in order to gather data in order to complete their investigation.

Suggested topics could involve:

  • The use of metaphor
  • Representations of marriage

The report must be between 2,500-3,000 words.

Future opportunities

A level English Language and Literature will help to develop the skills of communication, analysis, critical evaluation, and systematic but flexible thinking highly prized by employers. It is accepted at most universities and other centres of Higher Education as an entrance qualification for the majority of courses, particularly those related to English.

Further information

What other subjects could I do with English Language and Literature?

English Language and Literature would work well in combination with any other subject, excluding English Language or English Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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