Is this course right for me?
Are you interested in the nature and functions of language? Would you like to develop skills of critical analysis and appreciation? This course covers a variety of topics from both English Language and English Literature, providing a natural progression from GCSE level. The course provides opportunities for you to consider how attitudes and values are created and conveyed in speech and writing.
The course will enable you to develop your writing skills as well as studying drama, poetry and prose texts from both a linguistic and literary perspective. The second year builds on and widens your studies enabling you to appreciate the cultural significance of the modern and classical literary world.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:
- 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
- GCSE English Language grade B and GCSE English Literature Grade B
As part of the application process, you will asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Classroom learning
- Analytical reading and writing
- Independent research
- Group work
The course is assessed as follows:
- External examinations are taken in June each year
- Coursework in LL2 and LL3
Whether you gain the full A Level or the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress.
You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes degrees in Linguistics and other language subjects, as well as many other options, including degrees at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.
You will also have improved your career prospects, and will have the option of progressing directly into employment in a range of sectors.
Additional campus/course information:
Unit 1 - Comparative analysis and creative writing.
Section A: Comparative analysis of one poem from WJEC anthology and an unseen text.
Section B: Two pieces of creative writing and a comparative commentary.
Unit 2 - Drama and Non-literary text study (open book exam)
Drama: Kindertransport by Diane Samuels
Non-literary text: Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Unit 3: Shakespeare (Closed book exam) Two exam questions on Othello.
Unit 4: Unseen texts and prose study (open book exam)
Section A: Comparative analysis of unseen texts.
Section B: Prose study - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Unit 5: Critical and creative genre study (coursework)
Section A: A critical and sustained study of a prose genre.
Section B: One piece of original writing linked to genre study.