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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon
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English Language and Literature

Course Type:

Linear

Exam Board:

 AQA
 

Requirements:

7 in English 
and English Literature 
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • To provide clear skills progression from GCSE courses.

  • To offer students a creative, flexible approach to the integrated study of literary and non-literary texts.

  • To explore a range of texts through a variety of assessments including independent research and re-creative tasks.

What will I learn? 

  • Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, this course offers students an opportunity to undertake the close study of four literary texts, one drama, two novels and an anthology of poetry, whilst at the same time developing a variety of writing forms including re-creative, commentary and research based investigative writing.
  • Students also have opportunities to explore linguistic methods at work within non-fictional writing, spoken language, film and other media.

Highlights 

  • As part of this group, you will be invited to theatre trips and lectures given on exciting issues relating to the field of linguistics and literary study. You will have opportunities to explore a range of poetry, prose and drama texts alongside developing your own creative writing voice. The coursework element enables students to synthesise their understanding of connections between different types of texts through independent enquiry.

Future Opportunities 

The creative opportunities offered in the course to write and produce texts of your own provide a first-class opening to journalism, marketing and creative writing, while the detailed literary knowledge you gain will enhance your analytical, critical and contextual understanding of the ways that texts are constructed to create specific meanings for specific audiences.

Students of English Language and Literature have gone onto courses as diverse as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Law, Primary Education, Maths, Music and Economics, as well as a range of English, Media, Creative Writing and Linguistics courses. A vast number of workplaces are therefore open to someone who can use their own language and literary skills to maximum effect.