English Language & Literature A Level

English Language & Literature A Level

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Course introduction

Discovering how writers and speakers weave their magic with words is exactly what you will do if you choose to study English Language and Literature.

This is your opportunity to examine how authors and orators use their art to persuade you to think or act differently – how they use words to take you to another place, another time, another world…

As a result, you will become more skilled at writing and speaking, which are key transferable skills and lifelong assets.

These skills will lead to a greater ability to engage the people in your life and get more out of your relationships, both socially and professionally.

Why choose
English Language & Literature A Level?

At Brock our passionate and highly-qualified teachers will help you develop your speaking, listening and writing skills in order to fulfil your potential.

Through discussion, research, study, and reading a wide variety of texts, you will develop a keen understanding of the way writers convey meaning.

Importantly, you will craft creative responses to literature in order to evidence your progress as a writer and thinker.

Teaching & learning

Not everyone learns in the same way, so we deliver lessons using a range of methods. These comprise: traditional lecture-style learning, discussions, group work and research tasks.

The course is text-centred, which means you will study novels, poetry, plays, and non-fiction writing. You will also use material from more modern sources like blogs, websites, and online conversations.

Furthermore, we take every opportunity to enrich your learning experience with theatre trips, speakers and workshops.

Information & support

You will need to buy your own texts.

You will have to pay for any theatre or cinema trips you attend.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above with a minimum average GCSE score of 4.0, including:

  • English Language grade 5
  • English Literature grade 5
  • Maths

In addition, an interest in the analysis of grammar and language is desirable.

Course structure

  • Read a selection of novels, poetry and plays from the literary canon, and use an integrated linguistic and literary approach to analyse them.
  • Identify and analyse how language creates meaning in a variety of real-life discourses.
  • Explore sociolinguistic theories to deepen your understanding of how meaning is created in spoken and written discourses.
  • Compose a written piece about society in order to develop and evidence your skills of analysis and complex expression.
  • Evaluate the literary and linguistic techniques we use to create meaning.
  • Conduct a personal investigation into a specific technique or theme in literary and non-literary discourse, helping you improve important academic skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

As the holder of this qualification you will be equipped for a wide range of further study and careers.

In the past our students have gone on to study Journalism, Education, Literature, Linguistics, Advertising, PR, Marketing, Film and Media.

As well as enriching your life, this course will help you develop skill and dexterity with language and enable you to become more aware of how language works in society and culture.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 09/09/2024 to 31/07/2025

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