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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students should have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language.


Two year course.

What will I study?

Year One

Students may study a pre-1914 poetry anthology and creative writing in both spoken and written modes for Paper 1. To enable this, students study methods of language analysis including how language sounds, grammatical structures, the choice of words and the assumptions speakers, writers, listeners and readers make. Paper 2 texts may include Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire; Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London or Capote’s In Cold Blood.  All assessment at the end of the first year is examination based.

Year Two

Students continue to study the analysis of language and add Shakespeare’s King Lear or Othello for Paper 1. For Paper 2, knowledge and understanding of texts are assessed by analysis of an unseen text and a prose text such as Dickens’ Great Expectations or Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The final examinations are worth 80% of the final grade. Students also complete a genre investigation and related creative writing. This makes up the non-exam assessment (worth 20% of the final A Level mark). This could include an exploration of dystopias, science fiction, journalism, life writing or character amongst other things. Projects could include Shelley’s Frankenstein, Stoker’s Dracula, Collins’ The Woman in White, Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Huxley’s Brave New World and Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most A Levels, particularly Modern Languages, History, Politics, Sociology, Music and Art.

What could it lead to?

Degree level study in areas such as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law etc. Past students have gone on to study at Cambridge, London, UEA, Huddersfield and other universities offering creative writing.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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