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English Language and Literature : A-level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Grammar and other technical tools of analysis will be taught as a means of producing various types of texts and analysing the set texts taught.

The first year involves the study of the following:

An anthology of non-fiction texts including both spoken and written texts.

Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ Drama

NEA (coursework) Creative writing of non-fiction texts

The second year will include:

Comparative NEA (coursework) comparing Bill Bryson’s ‘Lost Continent’ with a post 2000 non- fiction text of your choice.

William Blake - an anthology of 15 poems

F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby

Creative writing of fiction.


An English lesson is one in which ideas are shared and views about texts are thought through and discussed. We consider the contexts, purposes and audiences which shape texts. You will need to listen to others thoughtfully and be prepared to discuss your own views. You will be  expected to read and write extensively, both in lessons and independently.  

How will it be delivered?

You will sit two exam papers at the end of the second year (each paper is 40% of the A level) and complete two pieces of coursework (combined, these are 20% of the A level).

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Entry to the second year is dependent on the standard achieved in the first year.

Your next steps...

Students who have successfully completed English Language and Literature A-level go on to study many different disciplines at university. Students who read for English degrees similarly enter a wide number of professions, such as teaching, marketing, the media and banking. There is an increasing need in commerce, industry and the professions for people who are accomplished communicators, and the best preparation for this is the study of English.

What does the course combine well with?

English Language and Literature combines well with subjects such as History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies, Art, Philosophy, Business Studies, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sociology and Psychology. It also makes a good third subject for students studying predominantly science courses.


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