English Language & Literature

Course type: A Level • 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 of 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

These A levels will be assessed by 2 examinations and a coursework folder of investigative (English Language) 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 ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group universities. English is useful for career paths including journalism, law, publishing, the civil service, politics and teaching.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 English Literature OR Grade
4 in English Language and Grade 5 English Literature

Course Highlights

  • Frequent theatre trips to see modern productions of set texts and in-college workshops with theatre critic from The Times and visiting poets.
  • Day trip to Paris to explore the culture of the city and its influence on the anthology texts.
  • EMC English Language conference and a writing workshop at The Guardian.
  • Opportunity to be published in the SFX creative writing anthology.