English Language and Literature

Contact for further information: Mr Anstee, Ms Williams

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.
  • Want 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.

Students study: an anthology, one drama text from a prescribed list, a wide range of non-fiction texts on their chosen theme.  One in preparation for responding to an unseen text, two literary texts from a chosen theme; one compulsory prose fiction text (anchor text) from a choice of two and one other literary text from a variety of themes.  Coursework: two texts relating to their chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text.

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 Edexcel English Language and Literature (9ELO) course.  Click here