AS/A2 English Language and Literature Combined (level 3)
Course ref. QW011
This course is designed to enable you to:
- Experience and respond to a wide range of literature including novels, poetry, drama and non-fiction through discussion, analysis and your own creative writing
- Learn how to analyse and discuss the techniques that writers and speakers use to communicate depending on the audience and purpose
- Apply language and literature methods and terminology to the writing of others as well as your own work
- Communicate through discussion and well-planned, clearly structured essays
Is it for me?
If you enjoy reading all kinds of texts and analysing English Language, this is the course for you. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and exams.
Introduction to Language and Literature Study
This unit introduces you to the methods and terminology that you will use throughout the course to analyse a variety of texts. There is a wide variety of writing including poems, children’s literature, adverts, comic strips and you will use these to learn about and practise different writing techniques to suit different audiences and purposes.
Themes in Language and Literature
You will study two novels and produce two pieces of work on a given theme. One piece will be an analytical essay and for the other you will produce a piece of creative writing based on one or both of the set texts. The theme for this year is ‘Danger’. The set texts are ‘Heart or Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad and ‘Blood River’ by Tim Butcher.
Talk in Life and Literature
The focus for this unit is the study of spoken language. You will learn how and why we alter what we say depending on the situation, and also how writers use features of real speech and dramatise them to entertain an audience. The set text is ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller.
You will choose two texts from a list that we will give to you and study them carefully. You will then transform them into another genre or type of writing. You will also write a commentary where you discuss your language choices to suit the audience, purpose and genre of your new text.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language.
Which courses go well with this?
This course combines well with media, film, communication studies and other humanities, arts or other courses. This course cannot be taken with English Language or English Literature Advanced Level courses.
English Combined will give you a wide range of options when you progress to university including English degrees, Teaching, Journalism, Business and Administration - and it complements many other subjects.