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English Language and Literature, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

English Language and Literature is a varied and comprehensive English course which allows you to appreciate the skill of writers such  as Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare, whilst also learning to write more creatively yourself.
You’ll escape into a fantasy world and study texts which push the boundaries of the imagination such as Stoker’s ‘Dracula and Sebold’s ‘The Lovely Bones’. The poetic voice is explored by engaging with the works of Carol-Ann Duffy and you will study an anthology about Paris to see how writers and speakers present their memories and experiences of this location. 
Another key theme is the conflict between people and the societies they inhabit and for these you’ll study plays and novels that represent these experiences. 
Budding writers can hone their creative skills in your own writing, by starting to develop their own voice using the techniques you have studied in class. You will be set tasks to a specific brief on which you will provide a critical commentary.
We offer trips, attend university lectures and go on theatre trips when these offer clear links to the texts and themes being studied.

Course content

Year 1 (AS)
Paper 1: Views and Voices. This paper is divided into two sections: Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices.
Paper 2: People and Places. This paper is divided into two sections: Remembered Places and Re-creative Writing + Critical Commentary. 
Year 2 (A2)
Paper 1: Telling Stories. This paper is divided into three sections: Remembered Places, Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices. 
Paper 2: Exploring Conflict. This paper is divided into two sections: Writing about Society and Dramatic Encounters.
NEA: Making Connections. An independent research project.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% exam

A2 80% exam / 20% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Salford - English with Creative Writing
  • Edge Hill University - Primary English Education with QTS
  • Cambridge University - History
  • Glyndŵr University - Animal Studies 

Careers Destinations

  • Editorial assistant
  • Education 
  • Journalist 
  • Writer 
  • Marketing


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Law
  • History
  • Politics
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Media and Film Studies

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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