English Combined

Course Overview 

Do you enjoy reading and writing independently, away from your college studies? Above everything else, this is the sign that you will enjoy and be successful at A Level English, whether you choose Literature or Language and Literature Combined.

On this course you will combine the study of literary texts with the study of language and linguistic techniques to better understand how writers construct and convey meaning and how in turn readers develop an understanding of a text. You will create your own writing pieces, but also you will read and write about some classic works of literature. If you love to read and enjoy producing your own writing then this course will allow you to showcase your abilities at the same time as experiencing texts across a wide range of genres.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and/or language is preferred but a student with a grade 4 with genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.

Course Level:

A Level – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

  1. Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using associated termnology and coherent written expression.
  2. Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are produced and received.
  4. Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods.
  5. Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

What skills will I develop?

Collaborative/team building skills
How to structure, present and defend an argument
How to work individually and expand your knowledge of history, culture, art and literature
How to use other people’s opinions to develop/counter and support your argument

How will I be assessed?


The components comprise a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text and the critical response to prose. Students will also study drama texts including a Shakespeare play. This course also develops student engagement with spoken language and non-literary materials. The non-exam assessment enables pupils to pursue an independent line of enquiry investigating language usage within a particular text or genre.

Is there anything else I should know?

The skills that you will learn in this subject, such as independent research, close reading, analysis and evaluation of material and assimilation of material into a formal essay are desirable skills for universities. English Combined is therefore an ideal companion to History, French, Psychology, Religious Studies or any of the Science subjects.

Progression Routes

Naturally English Combined will be appropriate for students who wish to progress to study a form of English at university. It also provides many of the skills desirable for degrees in History, Law, Anthropology, Criminology and Teaching.