English Language

ADMISSIONS - Students need preferably to have achieved a grade 6 at least, in English Language and Literature. It is important that candidates have a willingness to read a wide range of texts critically and enjoy creative writing.
COURSE - The course begins where English Language and Literature GCSEs left off. The range of texts studied is wider than in English Literature, although no more are studied in depth, and there is much greater importance placed on students’ own creative efforts. 
Component 1 consists of analysis of voice in 20th and 21st century extracts and study of a dramatic work from a prescribed list (examples include ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘The History Boys’. Your teacher will decide which text to study).
Written examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of qualification.
Component 2 involves close reading of two literary texts from a prescribed list (examples include ‘Great Expectations’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Othello’). Your teacher will decide which ones to study). Students also study prose non-fiction texts.
Written examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of qualification.
Coursework: Topic-based research leads to original writing – one fiction piece, one non-fiction piece and an analytical commentary. Students have free choice of text and topic here.
Total advisory word count: 2500-3250. 20% of qualification.
ASSESSMENT - As in most subjects, assessment is by a variety of methods: tests on reading, assessment of note-taking, research, essay-planning and writing, oral presentations and creative exercises. There will be opportunities for students to assess work themselves against the criteria, and a series of preparatory assignments in each unit.
CAREERS - Journalism, teaching, advertising, public relations; general arts-related careers such as the Law or the Civil Service or Human Resources.