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ENGLISH LANGUAGE


TRAINING STUDENTS TO THINK AND ANALYSE, TO QUESTION AND INTERROGATE, TO RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATE, AND TO BE REFLECTIVE AND CRITICAL.


What you study

Paper 1: Language the individual and Society 2hrs 30 minutes

Paper 2: Language diversity and Change 2hrs 30 minutes

Non Exam Assessment (Language Investigation and Original Writing)


How you study

You will study English Language through class teaching. There will also be individual investigation of texts with teacher support and guidance. There is plenty of opportunity to discuss issues and ideas and you will be expected to connect this with your experience of language and research by linguists. You will be expected to carry out wider reading and to complete tasks independently.

English Language will enable you to:

•experience and respond to a range of texts through discussion, analysis and creative writing

•explore how purpose, audience and context impact upon language

•use linguistic methods to investigate a variety of texts and apply these within your own work.


PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

English Language can lead to a wide range of options when you progress to university including English degrees, Teaching and Journalism.

Effective communication and articulation of ideas are both essential work skills and highly valued by employers.


OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES

This course particularly complements Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History and other courses including arts and humanities.


OUR SUCCESSES

Recent students have gone on to study English, including a student at Oxford, others are studying English with PE and Primary Teaching.


GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 including English Language at grade 6.

A Level English Literature


AQA A Level English Literature Specification A (7712)


WHAT YOU STUDY

The students will study a range of texts from different contexts and belonging to different genres. Texts in the first year will range from William Shakespeare’s Othello to Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and in the final year from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire to Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.


HOW YOU STUDY

The teachers will devise a range of activities to facilitate learning and this is based on students working independently inside and outside of the classroom. The critical reading of English Literature texts, beyond the set examination texts, will enhance the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of writers’ methods, the basis for success in English Literature.

Visits to the theatre for the study of the interpretation of texts are organised although students should, where possible, visit the theatre, art galleries, cinema and participate in other cultural opportunities as they arise.

The English department provides challenge and aims to develop confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts. The ability to self-reflect and approach texts with an open mind will challenge student preconceptions and the ways in which texts can be read.


PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

Success in studying English at university can lead to a variety of careers, not least in Law, Finance, Teaching and Media. Students trained to work independently, to think carefully, and to argue points of view succinctly and with precision are always in demand.


OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES

Students who have studied English literature A-level have gone on to successfully study Medicine, Pharmacy, Foreign Languages and Law.


OUR SUCCESSES

The department has achieved significant success at A grade and at pass grade for many years. In 2017, 93% of the 35 students achieved an A*- B grade and 54% achieved an A*-A.

Students who have done well in this subject:

Rachel Tudor (Oxford, 2017)

Isabelle Thibault (University of Warwick, 2017)


COMBINES WELL WITH

The development of independent learning and thinking skills are central to the study of this A-level and, thus, it possesses a significant value with regard to the student’s wider study skills.

Further, the development of skills relating to thinking clearly, logically and rationally, arguing a case by the marshalling of relevant evidence, make English Literature a suitable complement for a variety of A-level subjects.


GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS


Given the very demanding works of literature that must be studied independently, a grade 6 in English Literature would provide the basis for success




 

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