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.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language), English Language or Literature (Grade B)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Classroom learning
  • Discussions
  • Analytical reading and writing
  • Independent research
  • Group work
  • Debate

Assessment:

The course is assessed as follows:

  • External examinations are taken in June each year
  • Coursework in LL2 and LL3

Progression:

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:

  • Bangor

    Unit information

    Year 1:

    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

    Year 2:

    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.