English Language and Literature A Level


English Language and Literature A Level

About the course

English language and Literature is a great course for anyone who enjoys reading widely and is keen to develop analytical and creative writing skills. The course takes a combined approach to language and literature, enabling you to analyse any text using a range of literary and linguistic concepts.



• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)

International students:

• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. 

• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

You will study a range of texts from literary and non-literary genres, such as fiction, drama, poetry, journalism, autobiography, diaries, letters, speeches and television scripts. You will explore and compare how writers and speakers use language and structure to express their thoughts and feelings, and how language choices are influenced by the context, audience and purpose. You will develop an analytical approach to language, including a systematic understanding of grammar, vocabulary, sound and structure.  You will also develop your creative writing skills.


Assessment is by exam (80%) and coursework (20%). Assessment in both the exams and coursework is by a combination of essay-based tasks and creative tasks.

English Language and Literature A-level will qualify you for degrees in English Language or Literature, or combined degrees that include English. It is useful for degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, Media, Drama and Theatre Studies. The skills you will develop in analysis and writing will be very useful for other humanities, social sciences and business-related degrees. Within the workplace, employers highly value the verbal and written communication skills that are at the heart of this course.

The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.

Maria De Ferry

Maria De Ferry

Studied: A Levels in English Language and Literature, Media and Film

Destination: Now taking an apprenticeship at the BBC

She said: “I had a great time at City and Islington and really enjoyed my film and media studies courses which fuelled my ambition to work in the media. The facilities were great as we were able to use Final Cut Pro and quality cameras which I had never been able to use before.

“After creating a music video as part of an A Level project I knew I wanted to work in the media industry and began to research my options. I realised that what I wanted to do did not need me to take a degree and then I found the production apprenticeship at the BBC and I applied.”

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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 3
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2 Years
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Full time
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