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English Language & Literature A Level at Herne Bay High School

Course description

This exciting specification approaches the study of English through both literary and non-literary texts, encouraging students to engage both creatively and critically with a wide range of written forms. Students will explore both literary and linguistic concepts through analysis of texts from a variety of genres.

Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, the specification enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. The course allows students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained at GCSE and prepare for their next steps. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.


Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4. The course is open to students who have studied both GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature in Years 10 and 11. Students will need, ideally, to have gained at least a grade 5 across both these subjects.

Students should also have gained a grade 5 in either Geography, History or Religious Studies – Full Course.




Understanding Non-Fiction Texts - 1 hour examination in summer term of Year 13 (16%)

The Language of Poetry and Plays - 2 hour examination in summer term of Year 13 (32%)

Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader – 2 hour examination in summer term of Year 13 (32%)

Independent study: analysing and producing texts – Coursework (20%)


Financial information

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Literature, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 July 2018
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