A-Level English Language & Literature

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6726-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Study mode: Full Time


A Level English Language and Literature is a melting pot of the most exciting elements of each diverse area.

This A Level appeals to those students who enjoyed literary analysis at GCSE, but did not like delving in to medieval writers such as Chaucer, or those who do not wish to study as much literature and Shakespeare as there is in the full English Literature A-Level.

A Level English Language and Literature is a valuable asset to many careers, and industries, such as linguistics, project management, Defence, writing, Media, Law, teaching, journalism and politics – the list is endless!

What will I study?

We will explore the world of Parisians by studying an Anthology of Paris themed texts using Language techniques built on from the ones already studied at school. In addition to this, we will also delve in to the dystopian planet of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and again use our Linguistic knowledge to draw out themes and ideologies, many which eerily reflect society today.

In Shakespeare, we study Othello’s rise and fall, and analysis of the complex characters and their universal, yet timeless traits. Alongside this, we will also analyse how individuals share their stories, and experiences through a range of poetry. Finally, we swing in to 1920s where we study Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and we delve in to the world of gluttony, materialism, new money and love. Following on from this, you will have a chance to display your creative flair, through a creative writing piece based on The Great Gatsby. Former students have progressed on to study at top universities, including those in the Russell group.

Some of the texts that will be studied include:

  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Othello
  • The Great Gatsby

You will also study:

  • Telling Stories

Learn about how and why stories of different kinds are told. The term ‘telling’ in the title is deliberately chosen to reflect the twin aspects of how stories are told, and why stories are ‘telling’, or valuable, within societies.

  • Exploring Conflict

Focuses on how language choices used to express relationships, drive narrative, and construct views about the nature of different societies.

  • Making Connections

Students make active connections based on a chosen theme, and linguistic strategy between a literary text and some non-literary material.


Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above. Please note that you will need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


How will I be assessed?

You will undertake external examinations at the end of the two years, coursework and also undertake internal assessments during the course of the two year programme of study. 

What can I do next?

Many students studying English Language and Literature choose to go onto a related Higher Education course.  These may include a degree that combines the two elements of the A-Level or combines one element of the A-Level with another subject, for example, Journalism, History, English etc.

A degree in English Language and Literature opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You could find employment in areas including journalism and broadcasting, law, administration, marketing, publishing, management, librarianship and teaching.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Newspaper Journalist

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers. If you're interested in current affairs and you'd like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy.

You’ll need to have an enquiring mind and enjoy researching and investigating your story. You’ll also need to be determined and persistent, to make sure you get all the facts and to see your story published on time.

You can get into newspaper journalism by training at college or university, or by joining a local or regional newspaper and training on the job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Newspaper Or Magazine Editor

Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications. You may oversee the overall editorial direction of a publication, or you can be responsible for an individual section. If you’ve got an excellent command of English and are good at planning things, this job could be for you.

You’ll be using your creative skills to produce a magazine or newspaper that appeals to its readers. You’ll also need financial, commercial and legal skills and knowledge, and the ability to manage staff.

Most editors have substantial experience as a journalist and a good understanding of the newspaper or magazine industries. To be the editor of a specialist publication, you will usually need knowledge or experience in that subject area.

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If you are organised, like working with people, and are enthusiastic about the value of information and knowledge, this job might be ideal for you.

Librarians are responsible for the day-to-day running of library services. They work in public libraries and in libraries in organisations like universities, colleges and schools, and also in some larger companies.

In this job you will need good customer service skills. You will also need to be confident using computers for research and administration.

You can qualify as a librarian either by studying for a university qualification or by working as a library assistant and doing work-based training.

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Library Assistant

If you are methodical, enthusiastic about the value of books and information, and are polite and friendly when dealing with people, this job could be for you.

Library assistants work as part of a team, supporting the day-to-day running of libraries.

In this job you will need to be well organised. You will also need good computer skills.

You would usually need at least five GCSEs (A-C) or equivalent, including English. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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Broadcast Journalist

As a broadcast journalist you would research and present news stories and factual programmes for television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy working with people then this could be the job for you.

Excellent communication skills are something you would need in this job. You’ll also need to be a good researcher and know where to find reliable sources of information.

You would usually need a degree to get into broadcast journalism. You could also move into this job from print journalism.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

British Sign Language Interpreter

British sign language (BSL) interpreters help deaf and hearing people to communicate with one another. They do this by interpreting spoken English into BSL.

If you have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with people, this could be the job for you.

In this job you would be trusted with confidential information and would need to be open-minded. You would have to listen carefully and concentrate. It would be important to develop an understanding of deaf culture.

To become a BSL interpreter you would need to gain qualifications at a high level in both BSL and interpreting.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

p>As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.