English Language and Literature A Level

Course Description

We offer you a range of exciting Advanced Level Courses with many students currently studying for one or more of our subjects. Clearly we are very popular because of our excellent academic success and achievements, and our caring, relaxed yet professional relationships with students. Additionally, the teachers are all highly qualified Advanced Level specialists – we all work or have worked as examiners or coursework moderators. This experience gives us valuable knowledge of the expectations and requirements of the various exam boards, and this obviously will help you to achieve your best.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

If you enjoy analysing contemporary written and spoken language from a variety of media and reading plays and short stories, then A Level English Language & Literature will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in a lively and stimulating environment. The ‘advanced’ means that you will learn to understand and analyse how English communicates and not simply understand what it is saying. In this combined course the traditional skills of Literature are integrated with the modern Language approach to extend your reading and writing skills over a much wider range of different audiences, purposes, forms and styles, in addition to the academic essay. In developing these skills, there is scope for creative writing and learning from materials of your own choice. This combined course also extends the analysis skills learned in studying set texts in drama, prose and poetry into non-literary areas, such as journalism, radio and television interviews, documentary, magazines and even conversation. In the modern world the spoken word is as important as written style and so the concept of ‘voice’ in writing or speech is central to our study.

Links with other subjects:
This course links well with Media Studies, History, Spanish and Drama & Theatre Studies.

Future Career Opportunities

Both universities and employers value and respect an A Level in English Language & Literature. Previous students have gone on to Humanities’ courses at university and careers in Journalism, Law, Teaching and Lecturing Studies, and is an excellent complement to most other A levels.

Why Study at BSFC?

The Department of English & Modern Languages is well-resourced, has highly qualified teachers who are also examiners, and achieves excellent results.
Should you join us you can expect:

• Interesting and thought-provoking topics
• Expert teaching and assessment
• Lively classroom discussion
• Friendly guidance
• Optional extra lessons
• Theatre, Cinema and TV Studio trips
• Teachers available at lunchtimes
• An enjoyable atmosphere
• To pass!!
We look forward to meeting and teaching you soon!