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English Language & Literature (Combined) at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

This course leads to an A level in English Language and Literature. Students study a range of literary and non-literary texts.  The course includes the study of speech, prose, poetry and drama and the opportunity to write creatively in response to studied texts.  Students are expected to read widely, including literature, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, information texts and to listen to spoken language critically.

This course is recommended to students looking for an English A level course which covers a broad range of skills in the subject.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

The course will build closely on the language and literature work done at GCSE, and will use all the skills and knowledge students have already acquired. The course will include the opportunity to explore and analyse texts from different time periods and the analysis of spontaneous speech and how it is represented in writing.  Students' own writing skills will also be developed in a critical and systematic way.

Entry requirements

At least a Level 5 in GCSE English is required in order to be accepted on to the course. However, we will also consider students suitability for the course on an individual basis and this will take into account GCSE English UMS marks and any intervention received from GCSE.  A willingness to expand general knowledge, to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and an interest in the ways language is used are all essential for the course.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

Assessment is by examinations and a coursework investigation.

Financial information

Most students purchase the examination texts, of which there will be 4 or 5, although this is not a requirement.  These can be purchased for less than £10 each.


Future opportunities

Many students of A Level English aim to pursue their studies at degree level and then enter careers such as journalism or teaching, in which English skills are of obvious relevance. However, employers in all fields always value high-level English skills in speaking and writing, so there are numerous career opportunities with this subject.

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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20