Students who have studied, enjoyed and done well in English Language and English Literature GCSE are natural candidates for this A level.
With GCSE grade 6 or above you should certainly cope.
Creative writing and engagement with non-fictional texts form no part of any current English Lit A level and for some students this a lack only to be remedied by opting for this particular A level.
Those equally daunted by the linguistic demands of the English Language A level or troubled by the purely literary emphasis of the English Literature syllabus should regard this A level as an excellent compromise!
Finally, both through an examined unit and a coursework component, you work on creative writing exercises - often the most stimulating aspect of the whole course.
Re-visiting texts you have studied previously is a very satisfying aspect of the course giving you a real sense of how far you have traveled intellectually over the course of two years and enabling you to write with genuine authority.In the first year of the A level English Language and Literature course you study non-fiction written and spoken texts and the language of literary texts. In the second year you continue to broaden your understanding of non-fiction and spoken texts through emphasis on how language is used in context.You also continue the exploration of the language of poetry and plays.Unlike English Lit, A level English Language and Literature has a creative element that you will either find very attractive or potentially off-putting.The other strength of the subject is in the variety of tasks the course offers in the analysis of fictional and non-fictional material.Course Content Have you ever thought about how we use language on a daily basis and how language varies from person to person and place to place?If so, this course will give you a fascinating insight into the language we tend to take for granted; it is an exciting and thought-provoking course that will allow you to discover more about language use in the world around you.It can be challenging to develop an analytical framework for such a wide range of 'texts', but it is the very variety of this A level that makes it a compelling one.As in the case of English Lit you will be guaranteed lessons in which discussion and debate are major features.Are you an advanced (CEFR level C1) learner of English?This section offers writing practice to help you write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects.