English Language and Literature

A-Level English Language and Literature

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

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board



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 every day 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.

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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