This course offers students the opportunity to develop their English Language knowledge, interest and skills at AS level and beyond. It differs from English Literature in that it is not about the study of literary texts but rather about the study of language itself, both in the spoken and written form and in a variety of contexts and media. It opens up the everyday language of ordinary life to academic analysis and interpretation, and offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and expression in original writing.
This course will appeal to students who enjoyed their English GCSE courses, and who enjoy creative writing. It will suit those who enjoy analysing a variety of contemporary texts and forms, but are put off by the prospect of reading lengthy novels, plays and volumes of poetry. If potential students want to study English or English Literature at university they are advised to follow the English Literature A-level course as most universities demand this as an entry criterion. However, for courses that focus on English Language, Linguistics or Speech Therapy, an A Level in English Language would naturally be ideal preparation.
In addition to the school’s general entrance criteria, students must have GCSE English Language and English Literature at Grade C or above.