English Language and English Literature

Course Summary:

If you enjoyed both English Language and Literature at GCSE then you don’t have to choose between them at OSFC. In this combined literary and linguistic approach you will explore all aspects of English; from non-fiction and non-literary writings to renowned plays and classic novels. You’ll enjoy exploring the interplay between linguistic and literary methods and deepening your understanding of both language and literature. You will explore a variety of text types, from genres of poetry, prose and drama, and non-literary ones like autobiography and travel writing. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills as a writer through a variety of creative and analytical tasks.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Edge Hill University – Primary English Education with QTS
  • Cambridge University – History
  • Glyndŵr University – Animal Studies
  • The University of Salford – English with Creative Writing

Career destinations:

Entry Requirements:

A 4 in English Language and English Literature. (Not taken English Literature at school? Get in touch and we will discuss other ways in which we can evaluate your love of reading and essay writing skills!)

Assessment Method:

AS Level 1 Year
100% Exam

A Level 2 Year
80% Exam
20% Coursework


  • Creative writing for those who enjoy writing stories and poems and for students who are particularly interested in following a career involving writing.
  • Theatre and lecture visits.
  • Support for able students who wish to apply for Oxford and Cambridge.

Student Case Studies:

Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell

“I thought the variety of this course would allow me to continue studying literary texts, in particular plays and poetry, whilst being able to write creatively and study language and non-fiction. I really enjoy the texts we study, in particular the play A Streetcar Named Desire. I have gained creative writing skills whilst developing my understanding of the texts through the creative responses. I like the reassurance I get from the supportive teachers who offer their guidance and knowledge. Taking this English combined course should provide a stepping stone to a career in Journalism, which I hope to go on to study at university.”