English Language & Literature A Level

English Language & Literature A Level is a subject for students who take pleasure in reading both journalistic and literary texts. If you enjoy reading, this will probably be your favourite subject. You will develop your enjoyment and interest in literary and non-literary texts and broaden your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of writing across the ages. English Language and Literature is a popular core subject and you will be able to combine it with any other mix of subjects. You will develop important skills such as critical analysis and writing skills which are highly valued by universities and by your future employer.

Course Content

The Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language and Literature consists of two examination components and one coursework component. You will be studying six main texts covering prose, drama, poetry and a variety of non-literary texts from all genres.

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing
Open book examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 40% of the total qualification.

  • Section A: Comparing Voices - You will study Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology, literary and digital texts from the 20th and 21st century.
  • Section B: Drama - Alongside the study of the Anthology you will explore the drama text A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature
Open book examination, lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes worth 40% of the total qualification.

  • Section A: Unseen Prose Non-Fiction Texts - You will study a wide range of non-fiction texts on chosen theme, in preparation to responding to an unseen text.
  • Section B: Prose Fiction and Other Genres - One comparative essay question based upon the theme of Encounters.
    The main texts for study: Wuthering Heights and The Bloody Chamber.

Coursework Components: Investigating and Creating Texts:
Internally assessed and worth 20% of the total qualification.

The study of two texts relating to a chosen topic; one fiction and one non-fiction text.
You will produce two assignments:

  • Assignment 1- two pieces of original writing: one piece of fiction and one piece of creative non-fiction writing.
  • Assignment 2 - one analytical commentary reflecting on the texts and the pieces of writing produced.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5.0 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics, English Language and English Literature at grades A*-C / 9-5 plus at least two other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects and a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C / 5 or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The full A Level is a full time course achieved over two years.


English Language and Literature A Level can lead to many different opportunities in Higher Education and is an ideal option to choose for a broad and balanced introduction to university study.

Additional Information

The exam board is Edexcel, the Specification is A-Level English Language and Literature 9ELO. You can find more information at www.edexcel.org.uk.


You will want to have your own copies of set texts in order to write your own notes and comments in them; their cost is modest. You will also have the opportunity to take part in theatre visits and conferences that we know will enrich your enjoyment of the subject.


This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre.For more information please contact our Admissions Team on  020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


English Language & Literature A Level is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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