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Sixth Form - English Language and Literature A Level (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course brings together aspects of two other English A Levels: A Level English Literature and A Level English Language, which you have probably studied as separate GCSE subjects at school. There are real advantages in continuing your English studies on an integrated course. If you are as interested in non-fiction and non-literary texts as you are in poetry, plays and novels then this may well be the best choice for you if you do not want to take two full and separate English A Levels.

Course content

In the first year you will study the anthology ‘Paris’ and a selection of poems by Carol Ann Duffy alongside ‘The Lovely Bones’, a literary text. You will develop your skills in adapting and shaping original material, evaluating your own writing and integrating language analysis into your studies. The two examinations at the end of the first year are ‘Views and Voices’ and ‘People and Places’, each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

In the second year the focus is on ‘Telling Stories’ and ‘Exploring Conflict’, in addition you will produce a personal investigation exploring a specific theme using a favourite book as your starting point. If you cannot make up your mind about a text you will be directed to ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This assignment will be marked by your tutor and externally moderated by the awarding body. When analysing conflict you will explore the role of the individual in society and relationships with others and produce some re-creative writing based upon your set text ‘The Great Gatsby’. There are two examinations at the end of your second year.

Entry requirements

Students who achieve a Progress 8 score of five or better will be offered a place but must also meet individual course entry requirements to guarantee a place on each of their chosen subjects.


The course contains regular assignments, with deadlines agreed by your tutor. Final assessment is by examination and coursework.

Financial information

You won’t have to pay tuition or exams fees* to study A Levels with us if you are aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2017, if you are 19 or older and looking to study your first full Level 3 qualification or if you receive certain benefits. To find out more about tuition fees, call our Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123.

We know being a student can be an expensive time so we offer a range of options to help all our students, from our Learner Support Fund to the Earn 2 Learn scheme.

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), If your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Earn to Learn

If you are aged 16 to 18 and not eligible for any other financial support you could get involved with our Earn 2 Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within college with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be ‘paid’ via a range of rewards including help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment or high street vouchers.


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000 (16-18s) or £15,000 (19+). Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to: student-support/free-bus-service

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

An A Level in English Language and Literature is valued by both Higher Education establishments and employers, since it is evidence of both a high level of literacy and the ability to think analytically. Future careers and professions include: teacher, author, publisher, librarian, lawyer, journalist and media related roles.


Further information

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

We want every student to get the best out of their time with us. If you need any extra help, our ALS team can provide you with a range of support. The team work with students who have:



Autism or Asperger Syndrome


Learning difficulties/disabilities

Emotional or mental health support needs

Sensory impairment

Physical difficulties

Medical conditions

Temporary disabilities

If you would like to find out more about the support ALS can offer then please contact the team.

+44 (0)1226 216 769

Health and Wellbeing

Making sure you lead a healthy lifestyle will help you do your best in your studies. We offer confidential advice and a range of health services, including:

Contraception and sexual health advice

Full STI screening

Access to psychological therapies to deal with stress, depression and anxiety (IAPT)


Referrals to Barnsley Stop Smoking Service

Qualified Health Trainer


Advice around drug and alcohol issues

You can contact an adviser on: +44 (0)1226 216 233

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 28 May 2019
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