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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.


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 or 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.

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:

  • Crit­i­cal Approach­es to Non-Fic­tion Texts 
  • Voic­es in Speech and Writ­ing • Mod­ern Drama
  • Cre­ative Writing
  • The­mat­ic Approach­es to Her­itage Texts Study of Four Set Texts:
  • Non-Fic­tion Anthology
  • The His­to­ry Boys by Alan Bennett 
  • The Great Gats­by by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Oth­el­lo by William Shakespeare


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Learn­ers ben­e­fit from a range of addi­tion­al activ­i­ties that broad­ens their expe­ri­ence and pre­pares them well for life after College.




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