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English Language and Literature A Level at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description


  • People & Place: Remembered Places Anthology of non-fiction texts analysing and comparing the influence of narrative form on the presentation of the city of Paris
  • Imagined Worlds: Prose, analysis of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
  • Poetic Voices: Poetry Anthology critical comparison of Robert Browning’s poetry
  • Writing about Society: Prose, exploration of ‘The Great Gatsby’
  • Critical commentary: Language analysis and creative writing
  • Dramatic Encounters: Explore the presentation of conflict in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
  • Making Connections: An independent investigation into connections between a literary text & some non-literary material in the form of Non Examination Assessment (NEA)

A-level English Language and Literature allows you to develop your knowledge of English on a combined course. It focuses on literary and linguistic analysis, helping you to become an independent reader of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama texts.

This course will develop your critical and creative writing skills through the study of a range of pre-1900 and post-1900 poetry, prose and drama texts – including Shakespeare and an anthology – in a variety of genres, both fictional and non-fictional. Various film and theatre trips provide a broader context for the cultural, social and historical influences on the production and reception of literary texts, as well as inviting writers and academics as guest lecturers. These courses combine well with psychology, sociology, history and modern foreign languages.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including GCSE grade A* B in English Language or Literature and Maths. All applicants will be interviewed.


Written assignments Exams

The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.

The A-Level is 80% exam based and 20% NEA (Non-Exam Assessment). Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers.

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework and in-class tests.

Future opportunities

Where will this course take you? Our students progress to a range of humanities and social science degrees at universities. English graduates can aim to achieve a starting salary of £18,000 to £21,000 pa with professional employment opportunities in education, law, the media, publishing, journalism and human resources management amongst others.

Further information

You will learn in dedicated theory classrooms.There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017