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What is the difference between English Language and English Literature? 

These subjects are radically different disciplines that involve practising very different skills. English Literature is about reading, analysing and evaluating poetry, prose and drama, looking at the ways that writers use techniques to create effects. English Language is the study of language taken from everyday sources including examples of written and spoken text. It focuses on how values, attitudes and purposes are revealed through the mechanics of language and how these can vary according to gender, power, time and technology. This is very different from English Language at GCSE.

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?

The course is designed to sharpen your understanding of how language works, with detailed analysis of language use in a range of texts.

  • You will look at how language can be used to achieve particular effects in different contexts, for different audiences and purposes.
  • You will develop your creative and analytical skills by learning to discuss texts with increasing confidence and precision.
  • You will also acquire knowledge of linguistic frameworks and how these are used to create meaning.

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 combines well with most subjects and can lead to a wide variety of courses in Higher Education. It prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as teaching, journalism and media, advertising, marketing or personnel work.

English Language, English Literature, History
Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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