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English Language and Literature A level at City of Westminster College

Course description

As its title suggests, the course develops the skills you have acquired in GCSE English.  For example you will study fiction and drama, while developing your practical language skills through tasks involving comprehension, analysis, summary, adaptation and evaluation. In addition to this, you will undertake the study of the language of speech: both spontaneous and planned this will include everyday varieties of speech from conversation in different contexts, to broadcast and rhetorical speech.

Entry requirements

You should possess at least 6 GCSEs grades A* to C. In particular Grade B in GCSE English Language


We work to the OCR exam board and there are two timed examination papers at the end of a two year course, as well as your coursework T. This has two sections. For task 1, Analytical and comparative writingyou will write an essay of 1500–2000 words on a non-fiction text chosen from a list set by OCR and a second free choice text. One of the texts must have been published after 2000. For task 2, you will produce a piece of originalnon-fiction writing

Future opportunities

Most A Level students go on to enjoy a university followed by a related career, however many choose to go directly into industry or enter university later. With the right combination of subjects, this course will lead you into the academic field of linguistics, or a career in journalism, publishing, creative and media careers, advertising, broadcasting, or communications.  You could even use the skills learned in this course to help write press releases or speeches

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016
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