English Language and Literature

Why should I study English Language and Literature?
English Language and Literature is an excellent A-Level for those who enjoy classic literature such as “Wuthering Heights” and Romantic poetry, but who also want to explore non-literary writing such as journalism, biography and political speeches. If you are the kind of person who enjoys reading novels, plays and poetry, but who also enjoys “long-read” features in newspapers or polemical blog posts, this A-Level would be a good t for you.
You need to be someone who is comfortable with writing longer essays, but if you bring with you an enthusiasm for the subject, we can show you how to structure your content and make mark-winning points effectively.

The course is assessed via two 2.5 hour exams worth 80%, and coursework worth 20%.

An excellent preparation for an
undergraduate English degree, the course will also help you develop the kind of analytical and communications skills valued by employers.

What will I study ?

In Year 12

• “Wuthering Heights”

• A collection of Romantic poetry

• An anthology of non- fiction writing from the exam board

• The coursework: one non- fiction piece, one fiction piece, and a commentary on both.

In Year 13

• “A Streetcar Named Desire”

• Unseen prose passages

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here