English Language and Literature

A Level

Exam Board: Eduqas

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the English Language and Literature A-Level you will study:

  • an anthology of stimulating and exciting pre-1914 poetry
  • a mid-20th century play by Tennessee Williams - ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ - and a 1980s novel by Alice Walker - ‘The Color Purple’ - both about the social problems of the American Deep South 
  • a play by Shakespeare, ‘The Tempest’, set on an exotic island full of magic and mystery
  • a non-fiction text by George Orwell - ‘Homage to Catalonia’ - and the spoken word, broadening your study of how we use language to communicate
  • a coursework folder consisting of a study of novels in the Gothic genre, leading to a critical essay and two creative pieces inspired by them.


20% course work, 80% exams.
3 exam papers: Poetry and Prose; Drama; Non-fiction.

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are wide ranging: from debates to drama-based interpretations to detailed analysis and feedback; to student-based presentations on extracts and context, through to creative responses like painting, collage, and of course creative writing, required for the coursework unit.  We also organise a huge range of trips to see performances and to develop understanding of context.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4. You must have achieved at least a Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Course costs:

Purchase of set texts (prescribed editions): £30
Printing costs: £10 per year
Optional trips from £20 each

English Language and Literature works well with: