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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.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing skills, both fiction and non-fiction, and you will learn how to evaluate and comment on your own writing.

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject combines well with Media Studies, English Literature, Sociology, History, or Government.

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

This course has led to careers in journalism, Communications, law, publishing, creative and media, teaching, and academia.

How will I learn?

A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by examination (80%) at the end of the second year, and by coursework (20%)

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

A minimum of 5 hours independent study is expected per subject at A level.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


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

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of 6 GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English grade 6 and Maths at 5 or above.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

GCSE English Language must be a Grade 6 or above and candidates should have at least Grade 6 in a related subject e.g. History, Sociology, English Literature.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths Grade 5 or above.

Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.​ 

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 2017 to July 2018) 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.