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English Language and Literature A-Level at Reading School

Course description

Whether you are a committed literature lover, budding writer, or even a maths/science purist, the English department offers a course which will engage your intellectand serve your best interests. Carrying on studying English to A Level makes you a much better university and employment candidate: we sharpen your skills of analysis, make you better shapers of argument and discussion, and ensure you can sprinkle your influential ideas with magic fairy dust.

The English department scored one of the school’s highest proportions of Year 13 A* grades in summer 2011 and 2012; in 2014 93% of our AS students achieved an A or B grade, while 94% of our A Level students were in the A* to B range. We are perfect for creative students who go on to succeed in any kind of degree course.

English Language and Literature is for you if:

  • You enjoy the close study of literary texts, exploring themes and characters and an author’s techniques; you also want to exercise those methods yourself in your own writing
  • Your GCSE work on the media, non-fiction and information texts has put a spring in your step
  • You are interested in how language works: in written and spoken texts, in spontaneous speech and crafted dialogue, in more traditional texts and from modern non-fiction sources
  • You find pleasure in doing your own original writing and exploring how and why you went about that creative process

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in both English Language and English Literature, (or Grade A in GCSE English for new entrants who took that qualification).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years