English Language and Literature is a course through which you can combine your enjoyment of literature with exploration of some of the linguistic ideas that can be applied to texts, such as the ways writers and speakers use voice to create different levels of meaning. The course is interesting and diverse, with set literary texts but also plenty of opportunity for you to explore your own interests and ideas. You will also be able to develop your creative writing talent by producing two pieces of original writing.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs, 2 at grade B and 3 at grade C including GCSE English or English Language and English Literature.
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  • Students wishing to enrol on more than one A Level English course must achieve a grade B in GCSE English Language and a grade B in GCSE English Literature.
  • You must be prepared to read widely, write essays and conduct independent work in your own time, such as collecting your own texts or gathering data for personal investigation.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • Edexcel


  • Examination - 80%
  • Coursework - 20%

Course Content:

  • In the first year you will study Voices in Speech and Writing, exploring ways in which voices are constructed in a wide range of texts, including a modern play. You will apply your skills both to your set texts and to previously unseen material.
  • In the second year, you will complete a folder of original writing coursework, plus an analytical commentary on them. You will study two literary texts on a chosen theme, such as Society and the Individual or Love and Loss, and write about them, plus some previously unseen material, in the end of year exam.

Where does it lead?

The study of English will equip you with the tools and skills needed for many different areas of work. Careers directly relevant to English include publishing, teaching, journalism and writing; however our students have used their study of the subject as a springboard for entry into professions such as law, accountancy, speech and language therapy, public sector work and retail management. Studying the subject will increase your confidence in areas that will help you in employment such as expressing opinion confidently, being able to see the key ideas in written material and presenting to small and large groups of people.