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English Language and Literature AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Studying English Language and Literature will improve your analytical, creative and communication skills. It combines well with almost every subject and is highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers. The Language and Literature Course seeks to build on students’ existing knowledge developed at GCSE, of their own language.

During this course, students will examine non-literacy and media materials as well as a range of classic and modern literacy texts. Students will be expected to evaluate styles, purposes and effects of language.

You will study a range of fiction, poetry and drama from various periods.

Course content

One year AS course with the opportunity to continue onto A level to complete a two year course.

AS Component one: Voices in speech and writing (Anthology).

Component two: Varieties in language and literature (Novel and Poetry)

A level

Component one: Voices in speech and writing (Anthology) + drama text (assessed at A level standards)

Component two: Varieties in language and literature (Novel and Poetry) (assessed at A level standards)

Coursework: Investigating and creating texts.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

Grade B or above in either GCSE English Language or English Literature. AS grade to continue onto A level TBC.


Component 1 (50 %) Exam: 1hr 30 minutes. Component 2 (50%) Exam: 1hr 30 minutes. Coursework 20%.

Future opportunities

Having A level English language and literature as a subject can offer you a host of employment opportunities, as well as giving you a distinct advantage when applying to universities. Having a qualification in A-level English is advantageous in any career before you even start it, as a well-written CV and cover letter can often make the difference between you and another candidate. Almost any career can be accessed with A-level English, however career opportunities that require an English A-level include journalist, columnist, screenwriter, editors and teaching, with several other careers, particularly in the media and publishing industries, where having an A-level English is a huge advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years