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A-Level English Language & Literature

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Engage cre­ative­ly with a wide range of texts and devel­op trans­fer­able, ana­lyt­i­cal skills as pro­duc­ers and inter­preters of writ­ten lan­guage. This com­bined A Lev­el is designed to give you an in-depth under­stand­ing of writ­ing and lin­guis­tics through the study of anthol­o­gy, two plays and one novel.

You will also under­take a wider read­ing pro­gramme to pre­pare for your course­work in the sec­ond year. Your respons­es to texts will cov­er cre­ative writ­ing and ana­lyt­i­cal essays.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore your own inter­ests through inves­tiga­tive course­work based on extracts of your own choice. You will also com­plete group work, pre­sen­ta­tions, quizzes, dis­cus­sions, debates and role play.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els at Stam­ford Col­lege is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Min­i­mum grade 6/B or above in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture or Eng­lish Lan­guage and 6/B in anoth­er humanity.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. We offer an online inter­view which will explain the A Lev­el pro­gramme and also allow for an infor­mal chat with the tutor for each sub­ject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.

Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change sub­ject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between A‑Levels and a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Dur­ing the two years of study, you will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed under test con­di­tions to prac­tise being able to under­stand and respond to the ques­tions asked in the cor­rect time allo­ca­tion so that you are ful­ly pre­pared for the final exams. There is an assess­ment cal­en­dar for A lev­els which includes timed assess­ment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feed­back gained from these assess­ments will help you to devel­op your skills, tar­get your revi­sion and where nec­es­sary enable us to pro­vide addi­tion­al sup­port. In Year 2 you will under­take course­work for this subject.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be required to under­take extend­ed read­ing to sup­port your study of Eng­lish and this will inform your course­work and exam answers.

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles:

  • Pub­lish­er
  • Jour­nal­ist
  • Teacher
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Executive
  • Pub­lic Rela­tions Consultant

Study­ing Further:

  • Progress to a wide range of degrees in Eng­lish Lan­guage or Lit­er­a­ture, Teach­ing and Journalism.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Lit­er­a­ture and Lin­guis­tic Analysis 
  • Cre­ative Writing 
  • Lin­guis­tic Terminology 
  • Devel­op Lin­guis­tic and Ana­lyt­i­cal Skills

Study of 5 set texts including:

  • Non-fic­tion­al Anthology 
  • The Great Gatsby 
  • Shake­speare’s Othello 
  • A Street­car named Desire


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I’ve had a bril­liant two years at New Col­lege Stam­ford, it’s been the best years of my edu­ca­tion! With grades A*, A, B, I’m now pro­gress­ing to Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty to study Journalism.

Seb Sadler



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