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A-level English Language and Literature

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Course content

As its title suggests, the course develops the skills you have acquired in GCSE English.  For example you will study fiction and drama, while developing your practical language skills through tasks involving comprehension, analysis, summary, adaptation and evaluation. In addition to this, you will undertake the study of the language of speech: both spontaneous and planned this will include everyday varieties of speech from conversation in different contexts, to broadcast and rhetorical speech.


What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Most A Level students go on to enjoy a university followed by a related career, however many choose to go directly into industry or enter university later. With the right combination of subjects, this course will lead you into the academic field of linguistics, or a career in journalism, publishing, creative and media careers, advertising, broadcasting, or communications.  You could even use the skills learned in this course to help write press releases or speeches

How will I learn?

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles, but the course is mainly classroom based. There are options to attend theatre productions and live screenings of plays.

How will I be assessed?

We work to the OCR exam board and there are two timed examination papers at the end of a two year course, as well as your coursework T. This has two sections. For task 1, Analytical and comparative writing, you will write an essay of 1500–2000 words on a non-fiction text chosen from a list set by OCR and a second free choice text. One of the texts must have been published after 2000. For task 2, you will produce a piece of original non-fiction writing

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to complete set work

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You should possess at least 6 GCSEs grades A* to C. In particular Grade B in GCSE English Language

Expected prior knowledge

To succeed in this subject, you should have an avid interest in English language usage in all its forms - from slang to Shakespeare, and you should also have an interest in literature and be someone who reads widely – from newspapers to novels.  


English level

GCSE Grade B or above

Mathematics level

GCSE Grade C or above

Equipment and other costs

Specific to this course you will be expected to buy key texts and novels related to the particular areas of study.  

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.