English Language and Literature

A-Level English Language and Literature

Did You Know?

“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board

"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


A Level

Assessment: 80% exam, 20% coursework

What do I need to study this course?

A grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English 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 have the opportunity to study 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 comparing how a theme or idea is explored across both fiction and non-fiction.

What next?

The English Language and Literature A-level can lead to a very wide variety of degree courses and careers, including teaching, writing and publishing.

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