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English Literature and Language at The King Edmund School

Course description

We spend every day of our lives surrounded by language. From the informal chats on the bus to the high pressure university interview, from the quick text message to the classic novel, we all use language to forge our own identities and to shape the world around us. In this course, we will begin to make sense of the huge variety of language that surrounds us and understand more about how it works.

Course content

The course is designed to help you make sense of the language we encounter across a range of literary and non-literary texts by using key literary and linguistic frameworks to analyse them individually and explore connections between them. There will be opportunities to share your ideas with your teachers and fellow students through lively classroom debate. You will also work on developing your written style so that you are able to express yourself clearly and concisely. A range of theatre and other extra-curricular trip opportunities will also complement your studies. You will study a
range of texts across the course, following broad units of study such as ‘Remembered Places’, ‘Imagined Worlds’, ‘Writing about Society’ and ‘Dramatic Encounters’.


Examinations will take place at the end of the course and will total five hours and thirty minutes. The papers will test your ability to think critically, express a clear argument effectively and explore links between literary and non-literary texts. There will also be the opportunity to develop more extended skills of analysis in a coursework unit which will be worth 20% of your final A Level grade.

Future opportunities

Combined with other A Level qualifications, an A Level in any English subject is held in high regard by employers from a variety of professions. If you have a particular passion for English, this course can pave the way to a variety of degree options including creative writing, journalism and cultural studies as well as the more traditional English subject family options. Possible career paths include journalism, publishing and teaching, as well as advertising and public relations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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