A Level English

“The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow. The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, when speaking your mind or making your choice.”

English has a pre-eminent place in education and within society. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for students, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and to speak fluently, students learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Reading also enables students to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

Our A level English Language and Literature courses play a key role in such development. They build upon the existing knowledge that students gain at GCSE, and in view of this we recommend students to have achieved at least a grade C or above in their English GCSE, or an equivalent qualification, in order to pursue either course.

A-Level English Literature:

This course focuses on the three major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. It incorporates a sound understanding of complex literary texts; and an appreciation of the significance and influence of the contexts in which they are written. Our students are expected to develop themselves as informative, independent critics within this course and are expected to write critical essays on topics from their specification. They also build upon their prior knowledge of Shakespeare from GCSE and adopt different strategies to examine an extract taken from a Shakespearean play. The poetry module requires a clear appreciation of the genre of poetry; and an exploration of different poetic forms such as the sonnet and the ballad. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to examine poems from different historical periods, and develop their own comparative awareness.

A-Level English Language:

This course requires students to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language. Students explore key components of language and associate them with spoken and written English. We ensure our students have a sound understanding of multimodal texts and know how to apply systematic and analytical approaches towards them. Our students are required to use linguistic methods and investigate a variety of non-literary texts taken from everyday sources.

As a whole both courses reinforce our overarching aim which is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a tremendous command of the written and spoken word. . We encourage our students to become avid readers within this course, and enable them to promote their creative writing and imaginative skills.

A-level English Literature and A-level English Language are both prestigious subjects to study as they enrich students with several career opportunities, this includes Journalism, Law, broadcasting, teaching, and further study at university.

*Please note: A level English Coursework is assessed in view of the relevant exam boards; and coursework titles are allocated to our students by specialist tutors throughout the academic year. All coursework is moderated both internally and externally and is verified against the relevant assessment criteria. Our controlled assessments are carried out under an authentically monitored and reliable setting.