English Language and Literature A Level

///English Language and Literature A Level
English Language and Literature A Level2019-05-28T08:10:28+00:00

Why choose Combined English Language & Literature?

This combined course is for anyone who loves reading, discussing and analysing an exciting and varied range of texts. The difference from the single Literature course is that as well as novels, poetry and drama, we also study a selection of non-fiction materials: travel writing, news articles, memoirs, speeches, blogs and reviews, to name just some of the genres studied. As with the single English Language course, there is a strong emphasis on learning linguistic terms to describe and analyse how language is used. The course will hone your writing skills alongside your reading skills. You will be able to experiment with creating different types of fiction and nonfiction texts, to develop your personal writing voice.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Visiting speakers
  • Creative writing sessions and competitions
  • Theatre trips and poetry readings
  • Visits to literary festivals and conferences
  • Contribute to the creative writing college magazine

Teaching and Learning Styles

Independent reading and research is a key aspect of the course and lessons will often centre on discussions of material you will have prepared in advance. You will develop a detailed knowledge of English grammar and linguistic and literary terms and will be encouraged to become confident at using these in discussions and in your analytical writing. We like to encourage lively debates! We use a wide range of film and media to further your understanding, and you will write essays, imaginative pieces, create posters, videos and PowerPoints. For the creative writing part of the course, we will often take a workshop approach: you need to be willing to show your drafts to others in the group and be open to feedback other readers give you to help you improve.


The A Level assessment is two exams at end of the second year (texts covered in the first year with an additional drama or poetry text) plus a coursework module (worth 20%) made up of two creative writing pieces and a commentary based on the study of a novel, a non-fiction text and wider reading and research.

Progression Opportunities

This course is the perfect preparation for the study of English, Humanities or related subjects at university and is useful for all sorts of careers such as journalism, advertising, marketing, education, business, law and a very wide range of other possibilities. It is a very well-respected course that combines extremely well with other qualifications.

Please note that you cannot combine this joint course with the single Language or Literature A Levels, though you can choose to do both of those courses with each other.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
English Language & Literature4GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Strong interest in creative writing.Optional Theatre trips and other visits. Optional purchase of set texts (approx £20 per year).

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