A level English Language & Literature

This course incorporates both spoken and written English. Discussing fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry will hone your critical and analytical skills, as well as investigating how language works at word, sentence and text/discourse levels.

Across the full course you will study four texts in detail and be encouraged to read more widely on your own. These texts will range across poetry, prose and drama and across different periods.

You will also study a further ‘non-literary’ anthology (i.e. non-fiction, essays, journalism), alongside your own personal investigation into a linguistic feature or literary theme.

Exam/coursework breakdown:

Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A Level)
Written exam lasting three hours.

Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A Level)
Written exam lasting two hours and thirty minutes.

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections (20% of A Level)

Investigation on a chosen theme and texts. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity.

Entry requirements:

Minimum grades 5 English Language and English Literature are essential.

Progression possibilities:

This course is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses including speech and language therapy, education, English, English Literature, English & American Literature, linguistics, publishing, journalism, teacher training and creative writing.

Pathways for learners at a range of levels, helping you shape but not limit your potential future choices in Higher Education and employment."