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English Language and Literature (A Level) at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

English is an exciting and important qualification which will enable you to develop your skills and abilities, providing you with progression routes to higher education, employment or further training.

A-level English Language and Literature improves your ability to apply and integrate linguistic and literary approaches. You will develop techniques of analysis, evaluation and production of texts.



Course content

There will be two examinations will which cover the following content:

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

  • Voices in 20th and 21st century texts

  • Drama Texts


Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

  • A wide range of non-fiction texts

Two literary texts from a chosen theme


Non-examination assessment: Investigating and Creating texts

There will also be a coursework unit which will allow you to study two texts of your choice and then produce two pieces of original writing in response to these texts and one analytical commentary.

Entry requirements

5 grade 4-9 (A*- C) GCSEs or equivalent including English and Maths and Grade 5 GCSE in the A level subject


Two of the units are assessed with an examination using a grading scale of A-U. One unit is assessed by coursework which will contribute to 20% of the overall grade.

Future opportunities

Further study

You can use this qualification to help you gain entry to a wide range of higher education courses.



This course could be a valuable foundation for careers in areas such as teaching, publishing, human resources, journalism, public services and business development.

Further information

What is expected of you:

  • To read independently and widely

  • To make detailed notes in lessons and add to these as part of your own reading

  • To keep your work organised

  • To take part in class discussions and debates

  • To write in a variety of formats including essays and creative writing

  • To work independently and in groups

  • Produce good quality work with high standards of grammar and spelling

  • Meet deadlines

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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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