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English Language and English Literature - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

At A level, you will learn about language and literature through non-fiction texts, novels, plays and poetry. This is a wide-ranging course that includes the study of various features of the English language including spoken and electronically produced texts.

Course content

The aims of the course are to encourage you to develop your interest and enjoyment in English as you:

Use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in your reading and interpretation of texts;

Engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationships between texts;

Undertake independent and sustained studies to develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language.

Throughout the year, reading and writing workshops guide you to develop your own writing strengths and style. You will select to write from a range of genres including fiction, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, publicity campaigns and other non-fiction texts. You will record spoken language, transcribe and analyse its features and compare it to fictional and computer mediated conversation. From analysing short non-fiction texts to reading full-length novels, this course offers you an opportunity to gain a broad insight into reading and writing in English that will offer you skills for life.

Unit 1-Critical Reading of Literary and Non-Literary Texts (External Examination)

Unit 2-Creative Writing including one literary piece, one non-literary piece and a commentary on both pieces of original writing (coursework)

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in English Language & English Literature.


60% written examination

40% coursework

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is highly regarded by universities, and can lead to a degree course in English or in a range of other subjects. The skills and knowledge you gain on this course are useful for a whole range of careers including journalism, teaching, advertising, social work, childcare and speech therapy. Knowledge about and control of language are powerful tools in our modern technological society.

Further information

Which subjects complement this course?

A Level English Language and Literature would go well with any course. Below are some suggestions.

Business Studies





How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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