A-level English Language and Literature

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This programme allows you to study a combination of varied texts from both a literary and linguistic perspective. You will develop your written skills and learn to adapt your individual writing for different audiences and purposes.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at  GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • how spoken voices are formed and written voices created in literary, non-literary and digital texts
  • how writers convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme in literary and non-fiction writing
  • allowing you to demonstrate your skills as a writer, crafting your own original texts for different audiences and purposes

On the course you will:

  • develop your understanding of how writers and speakers shape and craft language to present an identity or persona
  • develop your understanding of how writers use language techniques and literary devices to craft your work and communicate ideas or issues
  • make connections between texts as well as look at the significance and influence of the contexts in which they were produced and received
  • acquire the synthesised knowledge and understanding required to produce original pieces of writing

Method of assessment

Coursework is an important component of this subject and accounts for 20% of the marks, as well as enabling you to build on your independent study skills. You will submit a folder of original writing on a topic of your choice as well as commentary for each piece of writing. You will sit two written examinations at the end of the second year.

What will I be able to progress to?

The writing and analytical skills you gain in English Language and Literature will help you in any area of higher education, as well as in many careers such as journalism, the media, education and business.