Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: English Language & Literature

Why study English Language & Literature?

As its name suggests, this course is an opportunity to study both spoken and written English. Discussing fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry will hone your critical and analytical skills. You’ll also have plenty of scope to develop your own writing – all incredibly useful preparation for Higher Education, making this the ideal arts course to complement your other subjects. This course is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses, including speech and language therapy, education and English and teacher training. It’s also an excellent choice if you have ambitions to go into publishing, journalism or produce the next great English novel!

What will I study?

You will study for two examined modules.


The first, “Voices in Speech and Writing” includes the study of an anthology of 20th and 21st century voices, ranging from newspaper reportage to transcripts of interviews. You will also study a modern play.


The second, “Varieties in Language and Literature” will involve the study of different texts around a shared theme such as “Society and the Individual”; this will include a novel, poetry, and a range of non-fiction extracts. Coursework will involve the independent study of texts from a selection with a common focus, such as the First World War; you will then learn how to write your own fiction and non-fiction based on these texts, and how to reflect upon and explain your creative process.

How will I be assessed?

This is a linear A Level, with all assessments at the end of your Second Year. You will take two exams, one for each of the modules above. Your coursework portfolio will make up 20% of your total grade. There will be internal assessments throughout the course to monitor and develop your progress.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

What Havant adds to this

You’ll have the opportunity to attend talks by visiting speakers and travel to university lectures and study conferences. You’ll also get to see professional theatre productions. 

Your destinations with this course

The majority of our students progress onto Higher Education, studying a wide variety of subjects. Related degrees our students have gone on to study include speech & language therapy, education and English, teacher training both primary and secondary, English, English literature, English & American literature, linguistics, publishing and journalism.


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