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English Language & Literature AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

This programme allows you to study a combination of varied texts from both a literary and linguistic perspective. You will develop your written skills and learn to adapt your individual writing for different audiences and purposes.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • how spoken voices are formed and written voices created in literary, non-literary and digital texts
  • how writers convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme in literary and non-fiction writing
  • allowing you to demonstrate your skills as a writer, crafting your own original texts for different audiences and purposes

On the course you will:

  • develop your understanding of how writers and speakers shape and craft language to present an identity or persona
  • develop your understanding of how writers use language techniques and literary devices to craft your work and communicate ideas or issues
  • make connections between texts as well as look at the significance and influence of the contexts in which they were produced and received
  • acquire the synthesised knowledge and understanding required to produce original pieces of writing

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).


Coursework is an important component of this subject and accounts for 20% of the marks. It will enable you to build on your independent study skills. You will submit a folder of original writing on a topic of your choice as well as commentary for each piece of writing. You will sit two written examinations at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

The writing and analytical skills you gain in English Language and Literature will help you in any area of higher education, as well as in many careers such as Journalism, the Media, Education and Business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.