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English Language and Literature

A level

Explore the methods writers employ to create meaning for different audiences and purposes, throughout time.  We will examine at a technical, linguistic level how grammar and language are used in different situations and analyse and compare different texts. We will study a range of challenging literary and non-literary  texts, including spoken language. You will also experiment with writing styles and produce your own pieces of writing across genres.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content



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 texts (poetry & prose) and non-literary texts (eg a non-fiction novel, biographies, travel writing, journalism, speeches and dialogue).

Year 2

You will develop the skills acquired in the first year and will 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 literary or non-literary prose text and related wider reading from a glorious choice of literary and non-literary genres. 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% exam
  • 20% coursework

Special Features



There will be a variety of activities to enhance learning, including trips to see plays in performance. We have recently visited Shakespeare’s Globe in London as well as the Cambridge Arts Theatre and the ADC Theatre.


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.
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