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English Language and Literature A Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a mixture of both Language and Literature. The course integrates the study of both language and literature, underpinned by the idea that the study of each element supports the other. In practice, it is quite difficult to separate the different parts of the course, so we deliver them together.


If you enjoy reading and analysing fiction and nonfiction texts and also wish to continue developing your own writing skills then the combined English course is an excellent choice. It is a natural progression from what you have studied at GCSE level.

You will have the opportunity to extend the range of your reading and learn to examine and analyse closely many types of writing. We look at how context, audience and purpose are integral to any piece of writing. You will also study the features of spoken language and explore the ways we interact with each other. You also develop your own writing skills through a variety of practical and realistic writing situations.


It is important that you are interested in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences and that you enjoy reading and analysing what you read. You should be willing to extend your reading and be prepared to learn about new aspects of English.


Course content

The emphasis in class will be on discussion and active explorations of a variety of texts. We will also help you develop the study skills you need to become an effective, independent student of language and literature, by exploring the issues, which arise from a combined study.

In the first year of the course you will study the following areas:

  • Aspects of Narrative (The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald)
  • The Language of Poetry (Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy)
  • Non fiction Spoken and Written texts ( Anthology)
  • Producing non fiction texts

In the second year you will continue your study of the above texts and in addition you will study:

  • Drama text (A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams)
  • Biography
  • Independent investigation (Coursework)
  • Writing fiction texts

In all aspects of the course you will study how the historical, social and literary context influences the texts that you study and closely examine how writers and speakers use language.

Entry requirements

You need to have met the standard college entry requirements of five GCSEs grade C or above including a GCSE grade C or above in English Language and, if studied, a grade C or above in English Literature.

If you've just managed to achieve a C you are likely to find the jump to AS level work quite hard, but as long as you bring to the course an enthusiasm for study and a willingness to work hard, you should prosper.


You will be assessed at the end of 2 years by both examination and a coursework folder.

Financial information

The course costs are mainly for set texts, which should be no more than £25 - £30 per year. Often books can be bought off students in the year above you. There will be one off costs for trips, e.g. to the theatre, if you wish to attend them.

Future opportunities

This course provides you with the facility to go on to study English at University or as the basis for many Arts and Humanities courses.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Aberystwyth University – English Literature, Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Huddersfield University – Criminology
  • Newcastle University – English Language & Literature
  • Newcastle University College – Acting & Performance Practice
  • Salford University – Broadcast Journalism
  • University of West of England – Business & Law
  • York St John University – English Language & Linguistics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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