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English Language and Literature A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in English Language and Literature
Code ELLAY20
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Study an advanced level of language and literary techniques and learn how to analyse and compare different texts with our English Language and Literature course. Scrutinising a range of literary texts including prose, poetry, and drama, and non-literary spoken and written texts such as autobiographies, travel writing and speeches, you will learn how to analyse techniques by using terms such as phonology, lexis and grammar.

You will also have the exciting opportunity to produce your own literary and non-literary writing, drawing on knowledge and understanding of how texts are created for different audiences and purposes. You will develop skills in analysis, communication, exploring connections between a wide range of subjects and writing in a variety of styles and genres for different audiences.

Throughout your studies you will be invited to a number of extracurricular activities including theatre trips and workshops; our students recently visited The Globe Theatre in London, and the Arts and the ADC Theatres in Cambridge.


Explore the structure of the English language and how it has developed over the centuries. We will study at a technical,  linguistic level of 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. You will also have the opportunity to produce your own pieces of literary writing.   

  • 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 language and literary techniques by using key terms, including phonology, lexis and grammar. You will study a range of literary texts and non-literary texts such as autobiographies, biographies, travel writing, journalism and speeches.

  • Year 2: You will develop the skills acquired in the first year and will go on to study two drama texts, including Shakespeare. 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 choice of literary and non-literary genres. You will also be expected to produce two pieces of creative writing, one literary and one non-literary.  

There will be a variety of extra-curricular activities, including theatre trips and workshops. For example, in the past we have visited The Globe Theatre in London and the Arts Cinema in Cambridge. 

How will it be delivered?

Assessment will be in the form of three two-hour examinations (80%) at the end of the course and a coursework folder (20%). 

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including maths. A grade 5 or equivalent in English literature and English language if taken at GCSE.

Your next steps...

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 and English Literature at Sheffield. 



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