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Wymondham High Academy

A Level English Language and Literature 

The written word is all around us in its many forms and by studying it you see the how the world is represented from numerous viewpoints. At the same time, you learn how to handle complex ideas, enjoy interpretation, write creatively and gain valuable analysis, planning and research skills. 

Course Information

The English Literature and Language A level is an accessible and stimulating course in which students engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts.  Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, it enables students to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills.  

Career opportunities: The ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research are invaluable for both further study and future employment. There are many different routes for the English A Level student with highly transferable skills. Law, history, drama, sociology, psychology, film studies and linguistics, are historically strong partners. A good A-level pass in English enables you to embark with confidence on careers such as writing (fiction and non fiction), publishing, the civil service, journalism, marketing, games design, law, teaching and many more. 

Higher Education

Undertaking the study of English can be one of the most powerful gateways to a rigorous and intellectually demanding university course. 

Career opportunities

The need for concision in the written word, twinned with the need for a keen analytical brain means that there are many different routes for the English Literature student with highly transferable skills. Law, history and to a lesser extent linguistics, are historically strong partners. A good A-level pass in English would enable you to apply with confidence in careers such as publishing, the civil service, training courses in written journalism, law and teaching.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 6 in English Literature or English Language at GCSE and an enjoyment of reading. AQA English Language and Literature 7707 https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7707