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I.B English Language and Literature at The Skinners' Kent Academy

Course description

The Language and Literature course aims to develop skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can relate to culturally determined reading practices, encouraging students to question the meaning generated by language and texts.

Helping students to focus closely on the language of studied texts and to become aware of the role of wider context in shaping meaning is central to the course. The study of literature in translation from other cultures is especially important as it contributes to a global perspective. Texts are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and media.

Candidates are required to study four topics:

  • Language in cultural context

  • Language and mass communication

  • Literature—texts and contexts

  • Literature—critical stud

Course content

•Available at higher and standard levels •Higher level study requires a minimum of 240 class hours, while standard level study requires a minimum of 150 class hours •Students study 6 works at higher level and 4 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places •Students develop the techniques needed for the critical analysis of communication, becoming alert to interactions between text, audience and purpose •An understanding of how language, culture and context determine the construction of meaning is developed through the exploration of texts, some of which are studied in translation, from a variety of cultures, periods and genres •Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities •The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary texts, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied •Students also produce written tasks in a variety of genres, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form

Minimum of GCSE grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4

Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:

English Language and Literature: G6, G5 Combination




Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities

Future opportunities

Taken in combination with other subjects and depending on your pathway of study this course can lead to higher education and/or apprenticeships.

Further information





Contact Skinners’ Kent Academy 01892 534377



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Skinners' Kent Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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