The English Language and Literature combined course contains a varied, and exciting range, of texts. You’ll study The Lovely Bones, The Great Gatsby and a small poetry anthology. Additionally, skills such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, will allow you to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. Students often say they never look at Spoken Language in the same way again, and that’s true! This course will really open your eyes to the world of Language and Literature. Previous students have gone on to study a degree in English and currently work in the field of journalism and teaching. There really are such a range of possibilities! 


Paper 1: Telling Stories The aim of this part of the subject content is to allow students to learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told. The term ‘telling’ in the title is deliberately chosen to reflect the twin aspects of how stories are told, and why stories are ‘telling’, or valuable, within societies. 

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict This part of the subject content focuses on how language choices help to construct ideas of conflict between people, and between people and their societies. You will learn about the ways in which writers and speakers use language. For example, how people interact or claim power over others in talk. 

Non Exam Assessment Making connections This unit will extend the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis. Students will select a text of their choice and compare/contrast this to non-literary material.