Hartpury College A Level English Language

English Language and Literature


A-level English Language and Literature presents clear continuity from GCSE English and GCSE English Literature with the study of literary (novels, some poetry and plays) and non-fiction written (including digital) and spoken texts. The course also enables students to develop their creativity and expertise by producing their own original writing. Students explore texts of greater variety and challenge than those encountered at GCSE and learn to apply linguistic and literary concepts and methods to their analysis of texts. 

Key Information

Course Duration: Two years
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Level of Study: A-levels

Course Overview

Embark on an enriching academic journey delving into the dynamic intersection of language and literature with our A-level English Language and Literature course at Hartpury College.

This course builds upon the foundation laid during GCSE English and GCSE English Literature studies, offering a comprehensive exploration of literary works—spanning novels, poetry, drama—and non-fiction texts, encompassing both written and spoken forms, including digital mediums. You will channel your creative potential by crafting original written pieces while honing analytical skills through the study of diverse and challenging texts.

This course features open book two exams and incorporates creative writing coursework, facilitating comprehensive preparation. You have the freedom to select texts for coursework, fostering a personalised learning experience. Unlike traditional requirements, there's no mandatory coverage of Shakespeare or poetry, offering a varied and straightforward anthology to explore.

Throughout the course, you will develop critical thinking skills, explore varied perspectives, and understand the impact of different contexts on textual interpretation. A-level English Language and Literature equips you with the linguistic and literary tools to navigate and critically analyse a wide array of texts, nurturing an appreciation for language, literature, and their profound influence on society.

At Hartpury College, we provide a stimulating academic environment supported by resources designed to enhance learning experiences, including revision tools and digital resources for students.

At Hartpury, we follow the Edexcel English Language specification. For more information, click here.

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language, as well as:

Grade 6 or above in English Language and English Literature.

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Rated 'Ofsted Outstanding in all areas' for academic and curriculum-related provision 


98.4% pass-rate

With an A-level pass rate of 98.4%, our outcomes for students are exceptional.

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