A Level English Language and Literature


This combined A Level is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your ability of your literary and linguistic skills. From the outset, you will improve your understanding of these disciplines and develop your experience of English as a whole. Whatever your plans for the future, you can be assured that you will be working towards achieving a fantastic qualification that is required in all walks of life.

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About This Course

Whether your passion lies within dissecting language and understanding the meaning behind a writers words, or you simply love losing yourself within classical prose; then our A Level in English Language and Literature can help you to balance both of these loves.

With 2 full years available to complete this course, you can take full advantage of the fact that it has been designed for home use, and can study at a pace that is right for you. No pressure. No set deadlines. You can even pick and choose when you take your exams.

And this is fantastic news if you’re looking to get back into education but are restricted by work commitments – as you can easily tailor this course around your lifestyle choices.

This course has also been updated to meet the latest academic specifications and content, meaning you will benefit from the exact same course materials, coursework and examinations that you would in college. The only difference is – you can study on your own terms.

From the captivating words of Oscar Wilde and Emily Bronte, to analysing voices in speech in writing; much of this A Level examines the same materials taught on our A Level Literature course, so please be aware of this before you enrol.

Course Benefits

This course is designed to take the skills you acquired during your GCSEs and expand on your understanding on how language is used to achieve meaning and substance within literature.

By testing your knowledge, understanding and interpretations of the text, you can use this course to establish a strong foundation for further education, as well as test your own creative capabilities.

This course will:

  • Earn you up to 56 UCAS points which can be used to secure your dream university spot.
  • Challenge your analytical and writing skills, encouraging you to think outside of the box when dissecting literature and language.
  • Give you the freedom and flexibility to choose when you take your exams –ensuring a stress free and convenient way to study.

Course Units

Component 1: Voices in Speech and Writing

  • Voices in Speech and Writing: An Anthology
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Component 2: Varieties in Language and Literature

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Component 3: Coursework

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Grayson Perry: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl by Wendy Jones


To achieve this full A Level qualification you will need to complete 2 written examinations and a piece of coursework based on all 3 course components. Within each you will be expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the materials, and be able to provide proof behind your interpretations of the text and what you feel the authors were trying to achieve.

Paper 1: Voices in Speech and Writing – this 2 hours 30-minute written examination carries 40% of the weight of your A Level grade and will assess your knowledge of the materials studied in Component 1. This is achieved by asking you to answer one comparative essay question and one extract based essay.

Paper 2: Varieties in Language and Literature – this 2 hours 30-minute written examination carries 40% of the weight of your A Level grade and will assess your knowledge of Component 2. This is achieved through one essay question and one comparative essay question.

Coursework: Investigating and Creating Texts – this piece of coursework carries 20% of the weight of your A Level grade and will assess your knowledge of the texts taught in Component 3. This involves creating two pieces of original writing and one analytical commentary.

Alongside your coursework and examinations, you will also receive a course pack containing self-assessment exercises and tutor marked study questions. These are designed to help your tutor track your course progression and supply valuable feedback which can be used to boost your course grade.

Please Note: to complete this A Level you will need to sit your exams within one of our recommended examination centres as administrative arrangements will need to be made for the submission of your coursework.

As all A Level courses are linear, not only will you need to sit the standard A Level examinations, but you will need to do them within the same year you submit your coursework. These exams usually take place in May/June each year; however, for the exact dates you can visit the Edexcel website.

You will also be required to book your examinations yourself, which will come with a fee separate from the cost of this course.

Required Knowledge

There is no requirement to have past qualifications or knowledge of the area to enrol on this course.

Awarding Body

Upon completion of this course you will receive an A Level in English Language and Literature issued by Edexcel.


Our distance learning courses may be designed for home use; however, throughout the 2-year duration of your studies you never have to struggle or feel isolated in your work.

Alongside receiving a comprehensive study guide and course materials by email or by post (upon enrolment), you will also be assigned your very own personal tutor, who will always be on hand to lend your support, guidance and advice, whenever you need it.

Similarly, our student support team are only a click away if you require help. Every step the way, our team will be there for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
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  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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