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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code ELL-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and English Literature.

    Please note: You can study both English Literature and English Language but this would only be sensible if you intended to study English at university. You cannot study A Level English Language and Literature and A Level English Literature, or A Level English Language and Literature and A Level English Language.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course focuses on the similarities and differences between language as it is used in everyday life and language as it is used in fictional texts, between how people speak in reality and how characters speak on the page or stage. It provides the opportunity to understand the flexibility and power of language in both fictional and non-fictional texts, and it supports the development of a range of skills, including the technical analysis of language, creative writing, essay writing and independent research in the form of a coursework project on fiction and non-fiction texts of your choice.

    An A Level in English Language and Literature will prove an asset if you are applying to study any degree course in humanities or social sciences, all of which place a premium on your powers of written expression. English can also be combined with a wide range of other courses at university. The Making Connections unit, in particular, equips you with the independent research skills that are vital to success in Higher Education. The A Level course provides an excellent foundation for careers that demand a command of both spoken and written English, such as law, journalism, publishing, teaching and the media.

  • How is the course assessed?

    One unit will be assessed through coursework (20%) and the other by external examinations (80%); all at the end of the second year of A Level study.

  • Additional Notes

    English provides an excellent foundation for various Higher Education courses including law, medicine, English, linguistics and education. It can be combined with a range of other subjects at university. English offers increasing employability in a range of career areas, especially those that require developed communication skills. Students have gone on to careers in law, health and medicine, commerce and industry, marketing, politics and international relations, general management, as well as leading to more predictable areas like journalism, publishing, the media, education, theatre and public relations.

  • Further Information

    The student magazine produced by students is part of the enrichment opportunities led by the English Department. Trips include theatre trips to London, Manchester and Stratford-upon-Avon and international trips include a visit to battlefields in France, university taster days, residentials and creative writing workshops. These are all optional but highly recommended. Aspiring Oxford and Cambridge applicants will benefit from our extensive range of activities to support you in making a competitive application including: small group subject tuition, Oxford and Cambridge conferences, visits and contacts with our link staff, access to summer schools, application support and essay competitions, supra-curricular activities and access to free university level Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Imogen Spellen

Imogen Spellen

English Combined (Psychology, Drama & Theatre)
Previous Institution: Charlton School

I have always been interested in English, so when I came for a taster day and the English teachers were so good, I felt I had to study it at A Level. I have really enjoyed studying The Handmaid’s Tale. I would like to study English with Drama at university and my dream would
be to work as a script writer. English combined is such an interesting subject and so different from GCSEs. You get to choose your coursework and there is a respectful freedom.

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