Course overview

If you enjoyed all aspects of English at GCSE, this course could be the perfect choice, as it combines the best of literature and language. You will develop your skills as a reader by exploring a range of engaging texts and producing in-depth analysis of them. To hone your writing skills you will compose your own features for a range of audiences and purposes. You will learn how language works, how it is structured and how you can understand and use it more skilfully. As a core subject, it complements most courses but goes especially well with media, film, modern foreign languages, history and art.

What will I study?

You will study Dracula by Bram Stoker and explore how the author uses language to develop the key characters and themes. Research will be conducted into the contextual aspects of the novel, finding out how Victorian attitudes affect the content of the text and the choices of the author. This will then be compared to William Shakespeare’s highly entertaining and provocative Twelfth Night.

To develop your skill in identifying how language is used for specific audiences and purposes you will study the Voices in Speech and Writing Anthology which is a series of engaging, short and mostly non-fiction texts which will help you prepare your skill to be able to critically respond to unseen texts for your exams. You will also be asked to write your own fiction and non-fictional pieces for your coursework.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Where possible we arrange trips to the theatre and cinema to see productions of the set course texts
  • Members of the department run creative writing and magazine enrichments and many English students enjoy contributing to these groups, further developing reading and writing skills.

What's next?

Most students who study English language and literature go on to study English or similar courses at various universities, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group. English is a core subject that can lead to a wide range of careers such as journalism, teaching, business and advertising.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in either English language or English literature.

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Year 12 Pastoral Welcome Evening 5:30pm on 21st September 2017

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