• Course Information

    Why not study both Language and Literature as one A Level? Over the two-year A Level course, you will study a novel, a biography, a play, a selection of poetry and an anthology of non-fiction texts. You will also complete a non-examined assessment (coursework) where you will have some choice in the texts you study.

    • Course Code
    • Exam Board
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    English Language and Literature is a stimulating and varied subject. It is an excellent choice for students who have enjoyed both areas of English at GCSE level and are just as interested in non-fiction and non-literary writing as they are in great plays and novels.

    Our language and literature students achieve excellent examination results and have done so consistently for many years; with a 100% pass rate and a high proportion of students achieving A*-B grades. We are a Grade 1 subject according to Ofsted who assessed our lessons as ‘exciting and lively’ and our success rates as ‘truly outstanding’: five of our students in recent years have even scored in the top five nationally in their A Level examinations!

    We go to London on a residential trip each year to visit theatres and the British Library along with other enrichment such as:

    • Creative Writing Society
    • Gifted and Talented groups
    • English Society
    • Debating Society
    • Our student newspaper –  The Runshaw Insider


    The department has a team of talented, well-qualified and committed staff who are passionate about their subject. Many are examiners, whilst others are published authors or hold higher degrees.

    Over the two-year A Level course, you will study a novel, a biography, a play, a selection of poetry and an anthology of non-fiction texts.

    Course Highlights:

    Trips, Creative Writing and Debating Societies

  • Entry Requirements

    For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.

    *Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English

    *Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths

    *Please note that A Level Biology requires a Level 5 in GCSE Maths and a Level 6 in GCSE Science.

    *Please note that A Level Chemistry, Physics and Geology require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science.

  • How will I be assessed?

    At A Level the subject will be assessed by 80% examination and 20% coursework.

  • Progression Pathway

    English Language and Literature is highly regarded by universities and can lead to a degree course in English or in a range of other subjects. It can pave the way to a variety of occupations, after all, anything you are likely to do will involve using English! A recent survey indicated that English graduates enter careers varying from teaching to management and marketing; to journalism and the arts.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.