A Level English Language and Literature

Course Code: Q100037

Key Information

  • Course type

    A Levels

  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    09 Sept 2024

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Attendance:


  • Fees:


A Level English Language and Literature

For those who enjoy reading acclaimed literature and are keen to learn more about how writers create their imaginative worlds. It will also appeal if you’re interested in developing your analysis and creative skills, exploring language, literary concepts and context.

Units include:

  • studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • explore theories, themes and concepts relating to the development of language
  • investigating distinctive styles of speech and writing and how they are used
  • creative writing.

You will learn to apply integrated literary and linguistic analysis to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. You will become proficient in the knowledge of terminology from different language levels and learn how to consider contextual influences on texts. You will explore different historical periods, linguistic and literary theories, different genre conventions, as well psychological theories linked to communication.

This course works with many opportunities, including the Extended Project (EPQ), Hinglish, mentoring through the Portsmouth Scholars scheme and Unloc’s ‘You Speak’ debating competition.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 5 or above in English language and English literature.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

The course has three assessment elements. There are 2 final exams:

  • Paper 1: 3 hours
  • Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes.

These are worth 80% of the final grade.

There is also a coursework element, which counts for 20% of the final grade. This part of the course allows some flexibility and choice, as it is an independent project, comparing a literary and a non-literary piece of work.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

You can progress to university to study subjects such as English, journalism, media studies, drama and theatre studies, history, law and education.

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