English Language and Literature

Why English Literature and English Language?

In the English Language and Literature curriculum, students are encouraged to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language, reflecting on how writers convey messages and how they can use writing to convey messages of their own. Students will develop an analytical lexicon comprising of key linguistic and literary terms that they can apply to any seen or unseen text. The analytical commentary that forms part of the curriculum allows students to develop not only their self-awareness, but an ability to evaluate how the texts they have written fit within wider literary and linguistic traditions. The many skills developed across the course equip students for success, not only in English, but in other subjects and the wider world.

What will I study ?

You will develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation; develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language and use linguistic and literary approaches in your reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can link.

Component 1: Examination – (40%) (open text)

Section A: Voices in 20th and 21st Century texts – one comparative essay based on one text from the anthology and an unseen 20th or 21st century text.

Section B: Drama text: A Streetcar Named Desire 

Component 2: Examination—(40%) (Open text)

Section A: Unseen non-fiction

Section B: Wuthering Heights and Romantic Poetry

Component 3: Coursework-(20%)


Students study:

  • a chosen topic
  • two texts relating to chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction.

Students will produce two assignments:

  • one piece of fiction writing and one piece of creative non-fiction writing
  • one commentary


What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.