English Language & Literature

Explore English in both spoken and written forms within a diverse range.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector


Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

A-Level English Language & Literature will benefit students who enjoy reading and creative writing. It is a core academic subject which will hone your skills at analysis and writing creatively.

You will analyse a diverse range of texts; from poems, plays and speeches, to TV scripts and e-communications. You will also consider how English is used in both spoken and written forms, exploring elements from both Language and Literature A-Levels to bring you the best of both.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above.
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Literature.
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language.

What will I study?


  • Component 1:  Voices in Speech and Writing
  • Component 2:  Varieties in Language and Literature
  • Component 3:  Coursework

You will be assessed mainly by examination with a coursework component in the second year. During both years you will write analysis, essays on literary texts, transformation texts and take part in presentations. As a second year student you will complete coursework which is creative writing inspired by texts you have read.


Why should I choose USP College?

  • Trips to the theatre, museums and galleries.
  • Trip to The Guardian newspaper for a journalism course.
  • Highly experienced tutors who are passionate about their subject.


Additional costs

  • Set texts and texts for your own wider reading
  • Trips to the theatre and to London


What could I do next?

An A-Level in English Language & Literature will prove an asset if you are applying to study any degree course in the humanities or social sciences, all of which place a premium on your powers of written expression. English can also be combined with a wide range of other courses at university such as Linguistics, Drama or Creative Writing.

This course provides an excellent foundation for careers that demand a command of both spoken and written English, such as law, journalism, publishing, teaching and the media.

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