English Language and Literature

Contact for further information: Mr Ross Peggs

Why study English Language and Literature in the Sixth Form?

You should study English Language and Literature in the Sixth Form if you are someone who:

  • Have an interest in reading a wide variety of literary and non-literary texts; both contemporary and those of earlier centuries.
  • Enjoy expressing your opinions and justifying your comments.
  • Enjoy the challenge of writing in a variety of styles for different audiences and purposes.
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your own lives and experiences and that combines well with any other A levels.
  • Wants to keep your options open for further study – English Language and Literature is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for future careers.
  •  At AS level you will study a range of literary and non-literary texts from a small anthology based on a common theme, currently ‘Food’.  You will also complete two pieces of coursework.   For A2 you will cover two sections: one on a set drama text and one on a variety of transcripts of ‘real’ talk and examples of talk in literature.   The coursework element requires you to transform two literary works chosen from a prescribed list of major writers into a different genre or sub-genre.

Where can English Language and Literature take me in the future?

English Language and Literature is a highly regarded A Level that can take students onto almost any course of study. It is a good choice for students considering an English degree, but would be a good option for students considering Humanities subjects, Languages or Law. It could lead onto many careers, the most obvious of which are Law, Journalism, Business Management, Media and Communications and Publishing.

What do the students say?

“The things I enjoy about English are creative writing, reading and exploring the realms of possibilities available in literature”

Where can I find more information?

At BCHS we follow the AQA English Language and Literature B course, AS 1726 and A2 2726.   Click here for further information