English Language & Literature A Level

Level A-level


What will I study?

You will explore a wide range of texts including novels, stories and plays, as well as non-literary writing like magazine articles, webpages, autobiography, memoirs and personal writing such as letters, diaries, emails and texts or transcripts of conversations. Studying these texts will help you to think about how people use language to present their ideas and identities. You will be required to submit a piece of fictional creative writing and a piece of journalism for coursework.

Is this course right for me?

If you have enjoyed both your English GCSEs and particularly the creative elements of your English work; if you write your own stories, poems, articles, reviews in your own time; if you fancy yourself as a writer in the future and enjoy studying how other writers use language, you should do this course.

Where next?

There are now degrees in English and Creative/Journalistic Writing that enable students to study English in a more vocational fashion, leading on to work as a writer in some specific context: newspaper/magazine journalists, website writers, creative copywriters, publishing sub-editors and so on.

Minimum entry requirements

C/4 in English Language GCSE. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.