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York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE including English Language.

What will I study?

Year One

Students study Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a selection of poems by Robert Browning. Alongside this they look at Methods of Language Analysis, including how language sounds, grammar, choice of words and the assumptions speakers, writers, listeners and readers make. Language analysis skills are also applied to the Paris Anthology, a collection of texts focusing on non-fiction and non-literary writing. Students get an opportunity to adapt a text in their own writing and produce an accompanying commentary. All assessment at the end of the first year is examination based.

Year Two

Students continue to study the analysis of language and add F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Knowledge and understanding of texts are assessed in final examinations (worth 80% of the final grade). Students also complete an investigation using Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber as source materials, which makes up the non-exam assessment (worth 20% of the final A Level mark).

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most A Levels.

What could it lead to?

Degree level study in areas such as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law etc. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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