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English Language and Literature A level at Charters School

Course description

The aims of the OCR syllabus are to encourage the enjoyment of English through varied texts and tasks, including some new creative approaches to coursework.

Course content

Component 01 Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts; Component 02
The language of poetry and plays; Component 03 Reading as a writer, writing as a reader; Component 04 Independent study: analysing and producing texts.

Entry requirements

Prospective students must have studied English Literature at GCSE and have a good pass in this subject and in English GCSE. You will enjoy this course if you enjoy reading and interpreting text, and if you like a more alternative and creative approach to the study of literature. It is imperative that you enjoy reading and engaging with fiction and non-fiction texts, as the course will involve class discussions and debates.


Exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is a course that builds strong analysis, writing and communication skills well as the ability to debate ideas, and is therefore an excellent addition to any combination of subjects. Journalism, law, publishing, PR and marketing are just a few of the many careers which depend on English.

Further information

English Language and Literature focuses on analysing non-fiction texts and ‘real life’ speech, as well as prose, poetry and drama literary texts.  The emphasis of the course work element is analytical, similar to English Literature, but applying analytical skills to non-fiction texts.  Students will also produce a piece of original non-fiction writing.  Please be aware that if you are aiming to study English at Oxford or Cambridge, then this course is not considered as ‘academic’ as the more traditional English Literature qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 January 2018

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