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English Language and Literature AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

The course covers both English Language and Literature and the connections between them.  Students will study a range of literary and non-literary texts, and both spoken and written language.  The course builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired for GCSE English and English Literature, and assess
ment is carried out through a mixture of coursework tasks and examination. Students should note that the A level qualification will be a ‘stand-alone’ qualification. This means that any marks gained at AS Level do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Course content

A level English Language and Literature is an excellent qualification, giving students confidence in handling and analysing both spoken and written English.  Students will engage with a wide variety of texts and develop skills, which are viewed very favourably by universities and employers.  This course will enhance the study of all arts or humanities A levels and will develop the reading, essay writing and analytical skills, which will be valuable in any degree course.  Those wishing for careers in law, media, publishing, teaching or communications may find this an appropriate choice.

Entry requirements

At least a combination of grades B and C minimum is recommended in English Language and English Literature GCSE. A genuine interest in language is needed to gain the most from this course.  Students must be committed to extensive reading and essay writing, and should be prepared to study many types of English including the features of speech in different situations.  The texts studied in detail will include pre-twentieth century texts.  An ability to work both as an individual and part of a group is essential.


The A level course is assessed by two written examinations worth 80% and 20% is non-examination coursework assessment.  

Paper 1 – Telling Stories
Paper 2 – Exploring conflict

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English Language, Literature or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, or Editor, or a Job relating to English Literature, such as an Author or a Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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