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English Language and Literature AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

A Level English Language and Literature offers students a full and coherent integration of literary and linguistic study. Students can expect to analyse a range of literary and non-literary texts and they will explore language in spoken and written contexts. An attractive feature of both the AS and A Level courses is the opportunity to complete a piece of re-creative writing using set texts as stimulus material. As a consequence, students are encouraged to respond creatively as well as analytically to the texts that they read. The full A Level course also requires students to undertake an individual investigation into a specific theme or technique in both literary and non-literary texts. This is a course that supports students who wish to develop their ability to read both widely and critically. 

Course content

This course is suitable for students who enjoy reading both literary and non-literary texts. It will be of particular interest to those students who enjoy exploring the ways that language is adapted to suit different purposes, audiences and contexts. The literary content of the course will offer students the opportunity to consider the language used in a range of exciting texts

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE English Language and at least a Grade C in GCSE English Literature.


Students will sit two exams as part of the AS English Language and Literature qualification at the end of Year 12.

They will complete the full A Level at the end of Year 13 and this comprises two examinations as well as a nonexamination assessment (coursework).

Future opportunities

This course could lead to the study of English Language and/or Literature at undergraduate level. Furthermore, A Level English Language and Literature lends itself to a range of career choices including journalism, teaching, advertising and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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