English Language & English Literature


This two-year course introduces you to a wide range of texts and teaches you the skill of literary analysis and evaluation, which will help you to engage creatively and critically with language. It covers a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including drama, prose, fiction and poetry. You’ll also study an anthology of speech and writing.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Writer, journalist, advertising professional, lawyer and teacher.

English literature, English language, linguistic studies, media studies, journalism,  humanities and social sciences.

Topics you'll cover


  • Forming spoken voices
  • Creating written voices in literary, non-literary and digital texts
  • How to shape and craft language to develop a persona
  • Connections between texts
  • Significance and influence of context
  • Resource - Voices in Speech and Writing; An Anthology.


  • How writers convey their thoughts or ideas
  • Using language techniques and literary devices to craft work and communicate ideas.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two exams
  • Written assessment
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English.

What students say about the course

"This is an amazing course to take, especially for those who want to do an English degree at university or go into an English based career. Lessons are interesting and use a range of activities to suit all learners. The teachers are welcoming and always offer their support. We look at texts such as The History Boys and study different language devices to continually put into our essays. It also helps you develop essay writing skills, research methods and analytical skills. I would definitely recommend this course if you enjoy reading, analysing and writing."

Gabrielle Thorne, previously at The Gregg School

Additional information


You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment. If there is any issues with the being able to pay the fee, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.