English Language & Literature

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Course introduction

A Level English Language and Literature combined takes a linguistic approach to the study of literature. You will study a range of literary and non-literary texts to uncover how language is used for entertainment and public information. Utilising your newly acquired knowledge of grammar and word class, you will learn how to manipulate language for creative and functional purposes.
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A level English Language & Literature




Studying English Language and Literature will develop your skills of analysis and enhance your understanding or poetry, prose and drama.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through external examinations and coursework.

What will I study?

During the course you will study a range of literary and non-literary texts, including texts from a range of genres.

You should enjoy reading and literature in general and you will also be expected to conduct your own wider reading.

You should be willing to justify your ideas during class discussions and in written essays, and enjoy working both independently and in a group.

Where will this course lead me?

English Language and Literature is a widely recognised academic subject that can be combined with arts, science or mathematics for entry into Higher Education. It prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as teaching, law, civil and social services, journalism and media, librarianship and management.
English Language & Literature, Art, Acting
Beth Millington
English Language & Literature, Art, Acting
Where next?
University of Salford – Media and Performance

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12


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