King George V College



This course involves exploring how writers and speakers use language to tell stories, be they in novels, plays or poems. You’ll explore how people, places, times and experiences are imagined and created and develop the terminology to critically analyse it all. You’ll also improve your skills of comparison and evaluation, essay writing, presentation and team work. You’ll get better at making your own creative writing effective in terms of style, audience and purpose.

You’ll study two great novels like The Great Gatsby or Frankenstein, one play and some modern poetry alongside an anthology of diverse types of texts about Paris. As well as the usual analysis and comparison, you will be tasked to write creatively using these texts. You also get the chance to carry out an investigation into how language is used in literary and non-literary texts.

English Language and Literature A level is recognised by every university as an excellent step towards further study. Courses in Language or Literature or Linguistics are natural progressions, so if it’s forensic linguistics with its crime-solving appeal that grabs you this A level is an ideal first step. But other careers such as medicine, speech and language therapy or business, marketing or law, with their focus on people and communication, are equally well supported by this subject.


5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 (A*-B) including English Language and a 4 or above (Grade C) in GCSE Maths. For English Language & Literature you will need a Grade 5 in English or English Language or English Literature.


You’ll have the chance to go to London to experience Shakespeare’s Globe, the diversity of languages spoken and written, some history, ancient and important texts in the British Library as well as taking in all the sights and seeing a show. We’ll look out for poetry events, run trips to local universities, host visits from journalists or expert speakers, host creative writing competitions and much more to add something extra to your learning.


Our classrooms sit in a new state-of-the-art building at the College; they are large and bright and equipped with modern interactive whiteboards. There are a lot of additional books and magazines in the College Learning Centre (LC) and we use online resources which encourage students to read blogs, watch video clips, listen to podcasts and explore websites as part of their studies.


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