Did You Know?
“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
Two Year Course
"I couldn't decide between the English Language and English Literature A-levels, so for me the obvious choice was to take the combined course. I love the fact that I still get to study novels and poetry, but with the added bonus of also studying non fiction and creative writing". - Marco Bastow, lower sixth student
What do I need to study this course?
At least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. In addition, you will require a curiosity about language and how it is used, as well as a love of reading and literature.
What will I study?
You will analyse how writers and speakers use language across a range of fiction, literary non-fiction and everyday spoken and written language. You will study poetry, plays and novels, as well as exploring literary non-fiction such as biography, autobiography, memoir and journalism. You will also be given the opportunity to study some examples of more informal communication, such as spoken language and online communication. You will learn how language is used across a range of modes and genres, adopting a range of analytical methods, and producing your own creative writing. Finally, you will complete a project in which you compare how a theme or idea is explored across both fiction and non-fiction.
The English Language and Literature A-level can lead to a very wide variety of degree courses and careers, including teaching, writing and publishing.