A Level English Language and Literature draws together the study of linguistics with a wide range of literary and non-literary texts.
Students study both language and literature elements through a really interesting range of material including novels, a play, poetry and non-fiction. The course aims to build on students’ analytical skills by developing terminology and introducing new ideas and concepts.
The assessment is based on two exams of equal weighting that cover all the texts studied over the two years and assess students’ analytical skills, ability to apply terminology, writing skills and understanding of concepts. Students also complete a piece of independent written work on a text of their choice, worth 20% of the final grade.
A grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
English Language and Literature A-level is aimed at students who are passionate about literature, those with a keen interest in the study of linguistics and those who enjoy exploring a wide range of texts.
Students should have good writing skills and be able to communicate their ideas effectively. A willingness to discuss ideas openly in a supportive, friendly environment is advantageous.
Where could this course take you?
The course is beneficial for a wide range of higher education courses and careers beyond English because of the transferable skills it offers. It is particularly useful for those wanting to study further English, History, Journalism, Media, Social Sciences and communication-based courses at university.
What our students say
- The course is really enjoyable, the staff are friendly and supportive.’ EM—yr 13
- ‘The course has really helped me develop my skills and made me think. It’s much better than GCSE!’ OH—yr 13
- ‘The texts are really interesting!’ KH—yr 13