English Language and Literature A-level

2 years

Course Details

Studying English Language and Literature gives you the best of both worlds.

You will have the chance to develop your love of literature, reading a range of plays, poetry and novels, but you also explore non–literary texts and how language works, for example; in the media, in conversations and on the internet.

You will study six literary texts and three non-literary texts and an anthology based on the theme of Paris to consider the representation of place. You will explore the idea of imagined worlds through the study of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. You will study poetry by Seamus Heaney and examine how Fitzgerald writes about society in The Great Gatsby.

You will learn how to produce re-creative exam writing and critical commentaries evaluating your own stylistic choices. You will also study A Streetcar Named Desire and explore how the writer uses talk features to create dramatic effect. In addition, you will produce a 2,500-3,000 word investigation on a specific theme comparing a literary and non-literary text of your choice.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must achieve a minimum of Grade 5 in English Language and a Grade 4 in English Literature.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

AQA A-level English Language and Literature (7707)
  • Examination – Paper 1 (Telling Stories)
  • A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Exploring Conflict)
  • A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Non Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Personal Investigation)
  • A-level (20%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
You can progress to university courses in Drama, English or Media-based degrees at university or careers in Journalism, Law, Teaching, Publishing, Public Services, and Management.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.