English Language and Literature A-level

Studying English Language and Literature gives you the best of both worlds.

You will have the chance to develop your love of literature, reading a range of plays, poetry and novels, but you also explore non–literary texts and how language works, for example; in the media, in conversations and on the internet.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study six literary texts and three non-literary texts and an anthology based on the theme of Paris to consider the representation of place. You will explore the idea of imagined worlds through the study of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. You will study poetry by Seamus Heaney and examine how Fitzgerald writes about society in The Great Gatsby.

You will learn how to produce re-creative exam writing and critical commentaries evaluating your own stylistic choices. You will also study A Streetcar Named Desire and explore how the writer uses talk features to create dramatic effect. In addition, you will produce a 2,500-3,000 word investigation on a specific theme comparing a literary and non-literary text of your choice.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE English and GCSE English Literature at grade 5 or above.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (Telling Stories)
    A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Exploring Conflict)
    A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Non Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Personal Investigation)
    A-level (20%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can progress to university courses in Drama, English or Media-based degrees at university or careers in Journalism, Law, Teaching, Publishing, Public Services, and Management.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level English Language and Literature (7707).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:41