English Language & Literature

What does the course involve?

You will create and study both fiction and non-fiction texts in A Level English Language & Literature. Designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, this course will enable you to see how linguistic and literary methods are related. You will engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts.

Course Outline

  • Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose (fantasy novel)
  • Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice (poetry anthology)
  • Writing about society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts (American Novel)
  • Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
  • Dramatic encounters – conflict in drama (20th century drama)
  • Remembered places – the representation of place (non-fiction anthology, Paris)
  • Making connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts (Independent project using fiction and non-fiction text)
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Planned Trips & Guest Speakers
Students attend theatre performances and the Cheltenham and Birmingham Literary Festivals. You may also get the chance to visit Coughton Court in Warwickshire to hear different speakers.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6, including an essay-based subject, and English Language and English Literature at grade 5.


After studying this course, students go on to study or work in the following fields:

  • Journalism
  • Speech therapy
  • Communications
  • Teaching
  • Creative Writing

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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