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English Language and Literature A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


You will study the play A Streetcar Named Desire, the autobiography Once in a House on Fire and an anthology of British poetry in year one. In year two you will study The Color Purple and King Lear. You will also complete a coursework project including your own creative writing. 


  • To develop an enjoyment and interest in English literature through further study 
  • To develop an understanding of the concepts and methods used for analysing and studying language 
  • To develop linguistic and literary approaches in your reading and interpretation of texts  
  • To explore contextual factors and how they influence the text being studied. 


  • You will have the ability to make an informed response to a wide range of texts 
  • You will understand the contextual factors that influence a writer and reader 
  • You will be able to complete an independent study of literary novels and complete your own creative piece.  

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs grades A*-C 
  • A Grade B in GCSE English Literature and English Language is essential 

Assessment will include timed assignments, presentations and a mock exam at Christmas. 

At AS Level: 

  • Unit 1 – Comparative Analysis and Creative Writing– exam 
  • Unit 2 – Drama and Non-Literary Texts – exam 

At A Level:

  • Unit 3 – Shakespeare– exam 
  • Unit 4 – Unseen Texts and Prose Study – exam 
  • Unit 5 – Critical and Creative Genre Study – Non-examined assessment.  

Progression opportunities include university study and careers that require a high level of confidence in communicating either orally or through writing. These may include creative writing, journalism, advertising and communications or teaching.