Course Title AS/A Level English Language and Literature
Level: 3
Code MS002

Overview of the Course

English Language and Literature at A Level involves the detailed study of the language of literature. The focus is on how writers have used language to create characters and achieve different effects across a variety of different genres. There will be a linguistic focus on both literary and non-literary texts, and you will develop your own creative and journalistic writing skills through analysis of what other writers do and then emulating these techniques in your own work. There will also be occasional theatre and cultural visits related to the course.

What are the career opportunities?

English courses provide you with skills that are recognised and valued by a wide range of universities and employers. English Language and Literature encourages advanced communication skills that are vital for any job, as well as offering a popular route into language-based careers such as journalism, writing and teaching.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE English at grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year for AS or two years for the full A Level, starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The first year will be assessed by two exams. The second year involves coursework worth 20% of the overall grade, with two exams worth 40% each.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

The course will enable you to develop a range of communication skills, both written and verbal. You will also regularly work in groups on intensive tasks and longer term projects. The coursework element requires the ability to work with numerical data as a way of evidencing linguistic research and findings, and a range of tasks will allow you to hone your written skills in a variety of styles. Overall the English Language and Literature course offers the opportunity to holistically develop your employability skills.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. In many cases they will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in. We plan a variety of cultural visits related to the course. Guest speakers and lecturers may also feature.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?


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