A Level English Language & Literature is a popular course that links the skills of both English Language and English Literature study. It will appeal to students who have enjoyed both aspects at GCSE and wish to continue studying them in a broader and more in-depth manner.

In this two-year linear course, you will explore how ‘voice’ is crafted in both speech and writing, focusing on a drama text, All My Sons, and a range of short literary, non-literary and digital texts. You will also study texts that give you the opportunity to explore the ways in which different writers use language techniques and literary devices to convey their thoughts or ideas on a theme.  For example, you will analyse the techniques F. Scott Fitzgerald uses to explore ‘Society and the Individual’ in The Great Gatsby.

As well as reading and analysing texts written by different writers, you will be given the opportunity to develop your own skills as a writer by producing a  fiction and a non-fiction text in response to a topic area, such as, ‘Crossing Boundaries’. You will also undertake wider reading to further your understanding of texts from a range of genres and time periods.

Where does an A Level English Language & Literature course lead?

English Language and Literature is an interesting and challenging A level as well as being excellent preparation for university or apprenticeships and your future career. Careers include law, digital and creative, PR, marketing,  journalism, sales, teaching, management, administration, information management, publishing and careers in the public services.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (if studied).

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What our students say about English Language & Literature

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English Language & Literature News

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English Lang and Lit students enjoy ‘The Lovely Bones’

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English Language & Literature Alumni

Genevieve Lawson – English Language & Literature, Durham University

Chloe Liderth – Pharmacology, Liverpool University

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Lucy Barrow – lovely message from Lucy

What Our Students Say

What I find best about Carmel is the willingness and availability of subject tutors to help you develop and achieve both short-term and long-term goals.

Studying English here has been a breath of fresh air as the texts we study are modern and easy to connect to modern society, making the subject as a whole feel fresh and captivating which helps when approaching deadlines and exams. My enjoyment of the subject has been furthered by English enrichment club wherein studying non-examined texts such as song lyrics and graphic novels have broadened my appreciation of the subject’s brevity and universal nature.

Overall what has impressed me most about my time at Carmel is the quality of teaching and the fact that each tutor is able to express their own distinct personalities and interests. Following my time at Carmel, I hope to gain a degree in teaching as it has been my goal since my first year in high school.

Jack Ellison