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English Combined A-Level

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What is the English Combined A-Level?

A-Level English Language and Literature allows you to study language and the way in which we use it. English Combined A-Level will also develop your writing skills, as well as studying a range of novels, poems, Shakespeare, post-1900 drama, and classic non-literary texts.

What Will You Study?

English Combined Reading List >

The pre-1914 Poetry Anthology will give you a comprehensive introduction to the development of English Literature from the Renaissance to the Victorian period. Referencing key literary movements and the broad range of social, political, historical and cultural factors that influenced writers.

Non-fiction is covered through the study of ‘In Cold Blood’. Furthermore, exploring narrative bias alongside the novelist and journalistic devices used by Capote to produce this classic American text. Also, through studying discourse analysis, you will learn how to analyse spoken English in a variety of forms. Including transcript analysis, script-writing and dramatic monologues.

Reading List

Year 12

  • ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote, Penguin Modern Classics ISBN: 978-0-141-18257-5
  • ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams, Penguin Modern Classics ISBN: 978-0-141-19028-0

Year 13

  • ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, Penguin Classics ISBN: 978-0-141-44114-6
  • Othello’ by Shakespeare, Cambridge School Shakespeare, ISBN 978-1-107-61559-5,

What Next?

A-level English Language and Literature is a core subject. Therefore, skills develop to give students opportunities to move forward into a range of areas. Additionally, many students go onto study the subject in its various forms at university, including English Literature, English Language, Combined English, Linguistics, Journalism and Creative Writing.

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in GCSE English Language or English Literature and a 5 in the other.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

History, Ethics, Philosophy & Religion, French, German, Spanish, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Film Studies and Media Studies.

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