A Level English Language & Literature
A Level English Language and Literature is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to study a broad range of texts and develop your analytical writing and comprehension skills. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: English and related degrees.
- Course Information
English Language and Literature is a stimulating and varied subject. It is an excellent choice for students who have enjoyed both areas of English at GCSE level and are just as interested in non-fiction and non-literary writing as they are in great plays and novels.
Our language and literature students achieve excellent examination results and have done so consistently for many years; with a 100% pass rate and a high proportion of students achieving A*-B grades. We are a Grade 1 subject according to Ofsted who assessed our lessons as ‘exciting and lively’ and our success rates as ‘truly outstanding’: five of our students in recent years have even scored in the top five nationally in their A Level examinations!
We go to London on a residential trip each year to visit theatres and the British Library along with other enrichment such as:
- Creative Writing Society
- Gifted and Talented groups
- English Society
- Debating Society
- Our student newspaper – The Runshaw Insider
The department has a team of talented, well-qualified and committed staff who are passionate about their subject. Many are examiners, whilst others are published authors or hold higher degrees.
Over the two-year A Level course, you will study a novel, a biography, a play, a selection of poetry and an anthology of non-fiction texts.
- Entry Requirements
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English
*Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths
*Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science
- How will I be assessed?
At A Level the subject will be assessed by 80% examination and 20% coursework.
- Progression Pathway
English Language and Literature is highly regarded by universities and can lead to a degree course in English or in a range of other subjects. It can pave the way to a variety of occupations, after all, anything you are likely to do will involve using English! A recent survey indicated that English graduates enter careers varying from teaching to management and marketing; to journalism and the arts.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.