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English Language and Literature A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

If you enjoy reading, but would also like to develop your knowledge and understanding of English Language as well as your skills of analysis and creative writing, then this course is for you. A-Level English Language and Literature allows you to engage creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts.  We study literature including plays, poetry and prose. We also look at spoken language in both fiction and non-fiction, comparing the differences between speech and writing. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to explore the function of the English Language in ‘real world’ contexts. This course provides you with a comprehensive experience of all aspects of English.

A-Level English Language and Literature is delivered via a range of teacher-led lessons and presentations. You will need to be prepared to work in a group, be motivated to work individually, and, essentially, you must be capable of meeting deadlines. You will be assessed through examination at both AS and A-Level, with a non-assessed component at A-Level. There are student trip opportunities on the course which include a theatre production visit and a workshop at the home of Dr. Samuel Johnson (1748-1759) who compiled the first comprehensive English dictionary in London. There will also be other theatre visits throughout the course, especially if a relevant production begins locally.

Course content

Year 12

• Views and Voices
This unit looks at imagined worlds in prose and poetry, alongside   poetic voices, forms and functions.
• People and Places
Explores ‘remembered places’ and how place is represented.    ‘Re-creative writing’ looks at adapting and shaping original material.

Year 13

• Telling Stories.
• Representation of Place, Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices.
• Exploring Conflict.
• Considering the Role of the Individual in Society.
• Making Connections.
• Investigation on a Chosen Theme and Texts.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature


Year 12
Two exams, each 1 ½ hours, each 50% of AS.

Year 13
Two exams, 3 hours and 2 ½ hours, each 40% of A-Level, plus non-exam assessment, 20% of A-Level.

Future opportunities

Many career opportunities are open to you with AS/A-Level English Language and Literature such as Law, Business, Education, Journalism, Media, Writer, Advertising Executive, PR Officer and Librarian. This course will also enable you to progress onto a degree course in English related studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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