English Language and Literature

A Level

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If you’re interested in exploring language widely, in traditional literary texts and modern communication including blogging, Twitter and television, this course will suit you perfectly. You’ll develop your own writing in both fiction and non-fiction forms, including public speeches, short stories and articles, as well as expanding your understanding of English language at a more complex, technical level.

The course involves reading and analysing a range of texts; you will explore fiction, including poetry and prose, from modern poet Jacob Sam La-Rose’s 2013 collection to F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. It also examines a variety of non-fiction texts, from Captain Robert Scott’s 1912 diary to Russell Brand’s interview on drug policy.

You will work independently on coursework centred on non-fiction texts, including the work of renowned blogger, Allie Brosh, as well as applying your analytical skills to a drama text.



A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

On this course you will study:

  • 20 non-fiction spoken and written texts across different time periods and contexts
  • Comparative and contextual study based on the anthology and unseen texts




The course is taught over two years, with a new component each term, and continuous revision of the core texts and skills.

The four components are:

  • Exploring non-fiction
  • The language of poetry and plays
  • Reading as a writer, writing as a reader
  • Independent study

You will be provided with handbooks and resources, including glossaries, as well as the core texts we will study.

Any core reading for the course is completed as guided reading in class.

By examination and the end of the course and submission of a body of coursework.

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You take control of your own learning…they (South Downs College) were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. South Downs College is the best by far.

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English Language and Literature is excellent preparation for any degree course that involves extensive analysis, essay writing and independent research, and will particularly prepare you for any English or linguistic degree.


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