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English Language and Literature A level at Shoreham Academy

Course description

Skills gained:

  • Ability to write analytically about a range of texts across a variety of genres and periods. Enhanced knowledge of the linguistic, literary and grammatical aspects of the English language.
  • Ability to express ideas and imagined experience in an accurate, sophisticated and interesting manner

Course content

Unit 1: Poetry and Prose

Section A: Study of an anthology of 32 poems from 1550-1900 . Section B: Study a 19th century novel which is likely to be Jane Eyre.

Unit 2: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Drama

Section A: Study a Shakespeare play. Probably King Lear. Section B: Study modern play, probably The History Boys.

Unit 3: Non-Literary Texts

Section A: Comparison of three unseen texts, one of which will be a spoken source. Section B: Study of a non-literary text: Once in a House on Fire, a modern autobiography.

Unit 4: Comparative Study and Creative Writing

Section A: Produce an essay on two or more books from a given genre, for example, Travel Writing. Section B: Creative Writing: produce one literary and one non-literary piece based on the genre studied for section A.

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade B in English Language or Literature.


  • Unit 1 - 2 hour exam paper
  • Unit 2 - 2 hour exam paper
  • Unit 3 - 2 hour exam paper
  • Unit 4 - Coursework folder: 2500-3500 words

Future opportunities

Education, journalism, law, media, business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years