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A-Level English Language & Literature

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Engage creatively with a wide range of texts and develop transferable, analytical skills as producers and interpreters of written language. This combined A Level is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of writing and linguistics through the study of an anthology, two plays and one novel.

You will also undertake a wider reading programme to prepare for your coursework in the second year. Your responses to texts will cover creative writing and analytical essays.

You will study:

  • Literature and Linguistic Analysis
  • Creative Writing

Study of 5 set texts including:

  • Non-fictional Anthology
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Shakespeare’s Othello
  • Wider Fictional Reading Programme

80% exams 20% coursework


What Does The Programme Include

You will have the opportunity to explore your own interests through investigative coursework based on extracts of your own choice. You will also complete group work, presentations, quizzes, discussions, debates and role play.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level had its own additional entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in English Literature or English Language or 6/​B in another humanity.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

Additional Information

You will be required to undertake extended reading to support your study of English and this will inform your coursework and exam answers.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles:

  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Communications Executive
  • Public Relations Consultant

Studying Further:

  • Progress to a wide range of degrees in English Language or Literature, Teaching and Journalism.


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