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English Language and Literature A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

This is a course for students who have a keen interest in how writers use language to make meaning and influence their readers. It is also a course that affords students an opportunity to display their own creative writing skills and critically examine their work. We cover a range of texts including novels, poems, plays, non-fiction, media texts and non-literary texts.

This course differs from those focussed primarily on literature by extending its coverage beyond literature to explore differences and similarities between non-literary texts; it differs from those primarily focussed on language by bringing the nature of literary discourse into sharper view. The course offers unique opportunities to consider issues of ‘literariness’ and ‘literalness’ that tend to remain unquestioned on other English courses.

Course content

Year 12

In the first year of the course students will study a range of texts including one novel, a range of poems from one poet, and an anthology with a particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary texts.

Students study:
One novel from the list below:
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

A range of poetry by one of the following poets:
John Donne
Robert Browning
Seamus Heaney
Carol Ann Duffy

An anthology of non-fiction and non-literary texts focussed on the city of Paris.

Year 13

Students study:
One novel from the list below:

John Krakauer – Into the Wild
Kate Summerscale – The Suspicions of Mr Wicher: or The Murder at Road Hill House
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner

One play from the list below:

William Shakespeare – Othello
Arthur Miller – All My Sons
Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire
Rory Kinnear – The Herd

In addition to studying the above texts in an analytical sense, students will complete re-creative writing based on the source texts and additionally write a critical commentary of their own work.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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