English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature

Why choose English Language & Literature?

Do you ever ask yourself ‘What does a writer’s use of metaphor or alliteration add to the meaning of a text?’ ‘How does the speech in a novel differ from everyday conversation?’

‘How does a news story manipulate your reaction to the events it describes?’ If so, English Language and Literature is a course you will enjoy.

At AS and A level you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and understanding of linguistic and literary approaches in your reading and interpretation of texts in a range of styles and genres.

At A level you will study a wide range of spoken and written texts from different periods, including a minimum of six substantial texts. At least three of these will be taken from the genres of prose fiction, poetry and/or drama. Of the remaining three, one will be non-literary.

Examined Topics:

Voices in Speech and Writing

As part of this topic, at AS students will study Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology which will include examples of non-literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century.


At A level this will be coupled with the study of Arthur Miller’s play, All My Sons.


Varieties in Language and Literature

The theme studied will be Society and the Individual.  For this, students will study F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about the American dream, The Great Gatsby and Philip Larkin’s poetry The Whitsun Weddings.


There is no coursework offered at AS level.  However, coursework is offered as part of the A level course.  The theme for coursework will be Identities.


Creative Writing

As part of this course, you will be able to write creatively, and your creative writing will be stimulated by the study of texts.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in English Language and GCSE grade B in English Literature.

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