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English Language and Literature

A level

Explore the myriad methods writers use to create meaning through this in-depth study of English language and literature. You’ll examine a wide range of texts, both literary and non-literary, learning how to use precise literary and linguistic terminology to analyse and compare works across genres and time.

The course covers literature (prose, poetry & drama) as well as non-literary texts (such as autobiography & travel writing) and spoken language texts (eg dialogue & speeches). Study of the various contexts in which texts are created further illuminates how writers craft meaning and how life is in constant conversation with art. 

Lessons will be an engaging mix of discussion, debates, pair, independent and group work. You’ll develop the skills to write in a variety of styles and genres and you’ll create a portfolio of your own fiction and non-fiction writing.

Throughout your studies, there will be opportunities to attend a range of activities to support your learning, including trips to see plays in performance, where possible. In recent years, our students have visited Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Cambridge Arts Theatre and the ADC Theatre, Cambridge. 

Course Content

Explore the methods writers employ to create meaning for different audiences and purposes, throughout time.

 We examine at a technical, linguistic level how grammar and language are used in different situation and analyse and compare different texts.

We study a range of challenging literary and non-literary  texts, including the art of spoken language.

You will also experiment with writing styles and produce your own pieces of fiction and non-fiction writing in your chosen genre.

Year 1

You will study the ways in which language functions in literary, non-literary and spoken texts from different periods. You will learn how to analyse linguistic and literary techniques by using key terms including phonology, lexis and grammar. You will study a range of literary and non-literary texts, spanning poetry, prose, a non-fiction novel, journalism, speeches and dialogue.

Year 2

You will develop the skills acquired in the first year and go on to study two drama texts — one Shakespeare and one modern play. For the non-exam assessment you will submit an extended study of a prose text and related wider reading from your own choice of genre. You will also produce two pieces of creative writing, one literary and one non-literary. Combining the close study of writers’ techniques with your own creative endeavours is a fun and effective way to bring together and understand the elements that craft meaning.


  • 80% Exams
  • 20% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Eduqas

Special Features

There will be a variety of extra-curricular activities, including theatre trips and workshops. In recent years, our students have visited Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Cambridge Arts Theatre and the ADC Theatre, Cambridge.


Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of English Language and Literature at this level can lead to a range of further studies and careers, including journalism, publishing, media, teaching and creative writing.

Some of the degrees being taken by students who recently completed studies are…

  • Journalism at Lincoln,
  • English at De Montfort,
  • Law at Anglia Ruskin,
  • English and Film and TV at Nottingham Trent,
  • English at Lincoln,
  • Public Relations and Communications at Greenwich
  • English Literature at Sheffield.
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