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English at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

English Language and Literature is a stimulating and varied subject at ‘A’ Level. The course is an excellent choice for students who have enjoyed both areas at GCSE level. It is an integrated course, which includes practical writing, analysing language in use, language production based on set texts of fiction and drama, the language of prose and speech, textual adaptation and the comparison of texts.

English Language and Literature is a well-organised and successful course, taught by enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced tutors. Lesson activities are varied, with active learning strategies, paired and group work and the use of the internet. Additional support and guidance are also provided outside of the classroom.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


Two examination modules taken in Year 12 and a further one taken in Year 13.  One coursework unit is taken in Year 13.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

English Language and Literature is highly regarded by universities and employers.  It can lead to a degree course in English, or in a range of other subjects.  A recent survey indicated that English graduates enter careers varying from Management and Marketing to Journalism and the Arts.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years