A Level English Language and Literature

Course Code: Q100037

Key Information

  • Course type

    A Levels

  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    Sept 23

  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Attendance:


  • 16-18 school leaver fee:


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.

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.

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.

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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