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English Language and Literature A level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

English Language and Literature allows students to continue to explore both the critical and theoretical aspects of the English language at advanced level. This course offers students the opportunity to study a wealth of literature, in addition to developing their own creative writing skills. They will study drama, poetry and prose and produce critically analytical reflections upon their own work.

Authors may include: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Margaret Atwood, Alice Sebold, Seamus Heaney, John Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, Robert Browning, Jon Krakauer, Kate Summerscale, F Scott Fitzgerald, Khaled Hosseini, Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Rory Kinnear.

Course content

Students will explore the influential significance of aspects of: phonetics, phonology and prosodics; lexis and semantics; grammar; pragmatics and discourse.

Component 1- Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts

Component 2- The Language of poetry and plays

Component 3- Reading as a writer, writing as a reader

Component 4- Independent study: analysing and producing texts

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in English Language and 5 or above in English Literature


Three examinations: 80%. One personal, investigative task linking texts by themes: 20%. This will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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