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English Language & Literature A/S & A2 at Samuel Lister Academy

Course description

The course presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama and a range of non-literary texts.

You will enjoy discussion and thinking about a wide range of moral, social and contemporary issues.

Course content

Students will not simply read through texts in class. 6th form staff use a variety of teaching approaches to access the ideas in the texts that students read. Students will have the opportunity to study classic and modern texts, much of the AS course this year is open to student choice.

You will learn:

  • how spoken & written English functions
  • how language forms shape and change meanings in speech and writing
  • how individual texts are interpreted by different readers or listeners
  • how to analyse and produce creative approaches to the critical study of texts

Entry requirements

A grade C in both English and English Litearture is required to study the course.  Ideally a grade B would be more suitable to access the level of texts students will be required to study.


The course is made up of 2 units of coursework and 2 units of examined content.

The course is demanding and involves deep and wide reading, discussion and writing. You must be prepared to read if you decide to study this course.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is widely accepted on almost all degree courses for further education.  It is respected not only because it gives students depth and appreciation of an art form, but also because it teaches fundamental critical skills; the ability to argue, develop personal points of view, evaluate their opinions next to other peoples, consider social contexts of texts, human nature, politics religion - the list is endless.

Further information

Students must be self motivated to succeed. They will need to develop good time management skills and be able to read independently. Students will need to be open minded and confident in discussion. They must not be afraid to speak their mind and argue their points of view. Attendance and independent learning are expected.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Lister Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 year