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English Language & Literature AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a two year linear course (WJEC) designed to appeal to students who enjoy the study of literature but are also seeking to develop their skills of linguistic analysis.

Course content

Component 1: Poetry and Prose

  • Candidates will demonstrate their ability to explore connections between poems from a Pre-1914 Anthology and to analyse how meanings are shaped through the language used.
  • They will have to closely analyse a prose text and show their understanding of plot, setting, characterisation, themes and style.
  • Candidates will approach the texts using a range of appropriate linguistic and literary methods.

Component 2: Drama

  • Candidates will study a Shakespeare text and a post-1900 drama text.
  • There is a focus on the exploration the historical context of the texts and students will demonstrate their ability to assess the impact of context on the language choices made by writers.
  • Candidates will be able to show their knowledge and understanding of dramatic techniques.

Component 3: Non-Literary Texts

  • Candidates will show they can explore connections across a wide range of non-literary texts and demonstrate their ability to recognise the values and attitudes of various speakers and writers, using a range of appropriate linguistic and literary methods.
  • There will be an example of spoken language to analyse.
  • Candidates will show understanding of the influence of context on non-literary texts and will study a non-literary prose text in detail.

Component 4: Critical and Creative Genre Study

  • The coursework unit is centered on the analysis of at least two texts with a specific genre focus.
  • Candidates will also produce two creative pieces, one literary and one non-literary, based on the genre studied for the analytical piece.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • Students must have a 5 (C) in English Literature and ideally this or English Language will be a grade 6 (B).


There are three exams based on the study of set poetry, prose, drama and non-literary texts. The exams are worth 80% of the qualification and each exam is two hours long. The coursework examines the candidate’s ability to analyse and create texts based on a specific genre and is worth 20% of the qualification.

Financial information

Students will be expected to provide thier own copies of texts.

There are no specific course charges, but you could expect to spend up to £50 per year on stationery, equipment and educational visits.

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature combines well with a wide range of other subjects.  Through it you are offering evidence of high quality communication skills and an ability to be creative and analytical.  These skills are widely transferable and make you marketable for higher education and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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