English Language & Literature

Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: AQA
On this course you will read and analyse literary, non-literary and spoken language texts whilst learning to produce writing of a particular style, voice and register. You will examine all three genres (prose, poetry and drama) to consider variations and connections between texts in different forms. Works studied include "The Handsmaid's Tale" and "A Streetcar Named Desire".

Course Units

Unit 01: Telling Stories
Unit 02: Exploring Conflict
Unit 03: Making Connections

Course Assessment

This A level will be assessed by two examinations and a coursework folder of investigative and analytical work.

This Course Can Lead To…

A level English courses form excellent preparation for any one of the wide variety of English courses available in higher education. English literature, in particular, is considered a desirable subject by Russell Group universities. English is useful for career paths including journalism, law, publishing, the civil service, politics and teaching.

Entry Requirements

To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above. 

In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 English Literature or Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 English Literature.

Course Highlights

  • Day trip to Paris
  • Opporuntiy to be published in the college creative writing anthology. 
  • Enter external creative writing competitions