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English Language and Literature A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

At A-Level you’ll develop not only skills in literary, but also in linguistic analysis, and in academic research. You’ll hone your skills in close analysis and in academic argument. In addition you’ll learn how to write effectively in transforming texts, creating the perspective of a particular character in one of the novels. You’ll also develop your discursive and
presentation skills, as you’ll take a leading role in lessons.

Course content

You’ll study two novels, a play and selection of poetry. As well as studying these literary works, there is an Anthology of spoken, written and electronic non-literary texts.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. To succeed you also need to enjoy reading, enjoy thinking about language and be able to think analytically.


Linear A-Level: Two exams at the end of Year 13. Paper one is 3 hours long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. Paper two is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. The remaining 20% is based on a non- exam assessment (NEA).

Non-exam Assessment (NEA) involves independent research to produce an Investigation of 2500-3000 words, based on both Literary and Linguistic data.

Future opportunities

As a highly academic and creative subject, it is valued in Higher Education as a basis, not only for studying Literature at university, but also Law or Joint Honours degrees. It can lead to a future in Law, Teaching, Publishing, or Business related careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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