GCE A Level in English Language and Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The course   builds on skills successfully developed in both GCSE English subjects. It is   an ideal alternative to traditional literature studies, as it combines the study   of language and literature. The course covers a variety of assessment styles   used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and   research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range   of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate   and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further   study and future employment.

The course covers a variety of enjoyable, non-fiction and literary texts from a range of genres and time periods, as well as a focus on the spoken word.  The texts offer an opportunity to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. 


Subject content

  • Imagined Worlds
  • Poetic Voices
  • Remembered Places
  • Re-creative Writing
  • Critical commentary

Similar areas are covered at A-level with the addition of

  • Writing about Society
  • Dramatic Encounters
  • Making Connections

How will it be delivered?


Paper 1 - Telling Stories

  • Remembered places – the representation of place (Paris anthology)
  • Imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose (The Lovely Bones)
  • Poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice (Poetry anthology: Carol Ann Duffy)

Paper 2 - Exploring Conflict

  • Writing about society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts (Into the Wild)
  • Critical commentary – evaluating own writing
  • Dramatic encounters – conflict in drama (A Streetcar Named Desire)


NEA (coursework): Making connections

  • Making connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature. It is also important to have very good written communication skills.

Your next steps...

With this qualification, students could choose to study English, Law, Journalism, Social Care, Media, Film or a  B. Ed. For teaching in the primary or secondary phases.  These degrees may lead to careers in teaching, law, journalism, the media and film industries and social care.