English Language & Literature (A-Level) Course

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The best of both worlds! This course is perfect for you if you love literature but you also want to develop your skills in terms of linguistics and analysis of English from the language side.

What we’ll study

Students on this course will study four components over two years with exams which will take place at the end of the second year. One of the second year components is non-exam assessment (coursework).

The first year components involve the study of an anthology of pre-1914 poetry, a prose text (The Color Purple by Alice Walker) and a modern play (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams). Shakespeare’s Othello and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood are studied in year two. In addition, the course includes study of non-literary texts both written and spoken.

Coursework is an independent study of a genre of texts, alongside some creative writing. You will also learn a wide range of linguistic terminology and analytical skills - challenging, but with a lifetime’s useful application in your future careers could include journalism, publishing, writing, social media management or teaching.

This course is not all classroom-based, you will have many opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities including trips, theatre visits, visits by outside speakers, the English Extension Group and writing workshops.

Your future

This A Level is ideal for entry to all arts and social science courses at university. It is also applicable to a wide range of careers for example, law, education, media.


How you’ll be assessed

Though mainly assessed through exams, there will be 20% coursework. You will get many opportunities to research and discuss personal areas of interest.


Level: A Level

The best of both worlds! This course is designed for students who really love their English studies. It gives students the opportunity to read and analyse challenging and exciting literary texts as well as a range of non-literary material. We follow the Eduqas specification, which is part of the British examination board, WJEC.

Examining Board: Eduqas

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Great subjects to partner English Language & Literature combined A Level:

Modern Foreign Languages, Media Studies, History, Politics, Theatre Studies, Psychology.

To discuss which of our English A Level options is right for you, please contact us.

Contact: Mrs E Rawsthorne

Email: ecr@holycross.ac.uk

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English Language & Literature

For more information contact

Name: Mrs R Rawsthorne
Email: ecr@holycross.ac.uk