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English Language & Literature A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

If you think you may enjoy the challenge of a course which involves the study of both literary and non-literary texts as well as the opportunity to write creatively, then this may be the English course for you. You will study different varieties of spoken and written language as well as develop your knowledge about literature. In addition, you will develop a wide variety of skills that are well regarded by both employers and universities, and which will complement many of your other courses at Priestley.

Course content

Across the two years of your study, you will analyse and evaluate the creation of voice in a wide variety of written and spoken forms, alongside the in-depth study of an anthology of non-fiction genre pieces. There will also be the study of two core texts; poetry from ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ by Philip Larkin and

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. You will produce a 3,500-word coursework folder inspired by the theme of war and the individual; containing two pieces of original writing (literary and non-literary) and a commentary on the language choices made. The second year will include analysis and understanding of the meaning of unseen texts, whilst developing your extended essay and exam skills. You will also study a play, ‘All My Sons’, with consideration of its key themes and dramatic style.

Entry requirements

You must have at least a C/4 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature. You must be prepared to learn a range of linguistic terminology, to learn about English grammar and how to analyse language usage in both speech and writing. You must read independently and you will need to write essays and develop the skills to express your ideas clearly and logically. You will develop oral communication skills through discussion and formal presentations. You will also develop independent research skills using the internet, Virtual Learning Environment and Learning Resource Centre.


20% coursework 80% exams.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, media, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others. It is highly regarded by all leading Universities.

Further information

Studying English Language and Literature will give you opportunities to attend theatre performances and conferences as well as join us on residential visits. You can also join the Creative Writing Group and College Magazine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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