Language, in this case English is fundamental to almost everything we do at work or play. An understanding of the language and an ability to use it enhances your life in so many ways, and is of great importance in a wide range of professions. Should you decide to study English Language, you will be studying an exciting language. You will develop an understanding of English as a system of communication, as a means of defining the world and us, as an instrument in the construction of global identities, and as a generator in the development of the mind and of society. If English Literature is your real interest, you will be given an immense opportunity to look at works of fiction that span several continents, and explore the ways in which the world is interpreted through drama, short stories, poetry, music and drama. The study of English Literature, like that of the language, has a strong emphasis on the contemporary English-speaking world. If you choose this course you may benefit from: a course design that allows you to specialise in English Language and Linguistics, English Literature or a combination of Language and Literature; research informed teaching that takes you deep into the world of ideas; the opportunity to develop a practical and career focused orientation by enhancing your critical thinking and developing the communication skills employers want; the opportunity to volunteer in schools as a teaching assistant or to present one-day courses to students in Years 11-13; the opportunity to apply for a work placement, which is not only a valuable experience but will also give you an edge when applying for jobs; encouragement to study, analyse and report on the way people use the English language in real-life situations; the ability to design your study around your chosen areas of interest; encouragement to study, analyse and report on the way the opportunity to gain an insight into other cultures and other ways of representing the world through the study of literature; the option to spend a year studying or working overseas, which provides you with an international experience; the opportunity to take part in the English and Languages Society, contribute to the Coventry Words magazine and participate in cultural trips.