What is it?
If you choose to study our combined course you will enjoy some of the best elements of both English language and literature. We look at how ‘voice’ is created in speech and writing – including studying 20th and 21st literature and a modern piece of drama. We also consider the idea of ‘voice’ in non-literary and digital texts too, giving you the chance to study how language functions in the real world. Our second module focuses on studying a range of texts with a shared theme – allowing students to engage with a wide range of literature from different time periods.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Your study of language and literature will be enhanced by thought-provoking visits by writers and poets, and by taking part in our exciting trips to places such as Florence and London.
What skills will I develop?
- Collaborative/team building skills
- How to structure, present and defend an argument
- How to use other people’s opinions to develop/counter and support your argument
- How to work individually and expand your knowledge of history, culture, art and literature
How will I be taught?
- Collaborative learning
- Analysis and evaluation of texts
- Essay writing
How will I be assessed?
20% coursework – ‘Investigating and creating texts’. Here you will be required to write two pieces of original writing – one piece of fiction and one piece of creative non-fiction writing. You will also be required to write an analytical commentary on both of your pieces of original writing.
2 x examinations at the end of your 2nd year (2.5 hours per exam)
You will be taught by subject specialists who also hold senior roles at the examining board. Your teachers are passionate about language and literature and each have their own specialist subject areas.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
In the past two years we have organised trips to Florence, London, Manchester, Haworth and Lancaster to enrich our students experience of Literature and Language. We also regularly welcome speakers from Universities and ex students to inspire a love of the subject and support those who want to study it at university.
Where does it lead?
Our students go on to pursue a range of career paths in areas such as teaching, marketing, publishing, Law and management. We have also had a number of students who have gone to Oxford, Cambridge and Yale as well as a range of other high ranking universities.
You will need to have copies of each of the texts (your tutors will recommend versions throughout the year). We are also on the technology for learning scheme so you will need to have access to a device to enable you to work collaboratively in class and access a range of digital resources.
What will I study?
More information coming soon…
- Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and/or language is preferred but a student with a grade 4 with genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.