• 100%

    pass rate in A-Level English Language & Literature

    Summer 2019

  • 99.1%

    overall A-Level pass rate.

    Summer 2019 (including Diploma Criminology)

  • 100%

    pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects

    Summer 2019 (including Diploma Criminology)

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

This course is perfect for those students who wish to study an A-Level English course that combines aspects of both Language and Literature and may find the extensive reading list of Literature too much.

The course allows you to develop your reading and writing skills in a logical way, with formal assessment in the style of two open-book exams in the summer of your second year. Leading up to this you will be assessed in class using a series of methods ranging from Q and A, debate, individual/group tasks and mock exams. In the first year you’ll study an anthology of short extracts which allow you to consider the genre conventions of specific types of writing as well as a number of mystery texts on the them of The Individual in Society.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including English Language or English Literature.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. There is a reading list attached to this course and some students prefer to buy their own copies of texts so that they can annotate freely.

This course is based in the classroom with regular theory work and assignments.

There will be opportunities to engage in creative writing events in association with the University of Sunderland, as well as a visit to the Northern Stage theatre and experience guest speakers.

At the end of your 2 years of study you will sit 2 exams worth 80% of your grade. The other 20% is taken from a coursework module.

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Your core fictional text in Year 1 is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald, the second year will focus on coursework linked by theme (20%) in which you will learn to write creatively for the fiction and non-fiction genre. You will study Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Shakespeare’s Othello as your fictional choices. All texts studied will involve wide reading on a largely independent scale and learning is shown through essay completion.

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What’s next?

English is often deemed a ‘core’ subject and gaining an A-level qualification will open a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities.

Suggested subject combinations include essay-based choices such as History, Sociology and Law, as well as Media Studies or Film Studies with a focus upon future career prospects in journalism, publishing or advertising.

Possible careers include:
Publishing, editing, teaching, archiving, public relations, advertising, and journalism, the opportunities are almost limitless!


Authors, Writers and Translators

Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication excluding material for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals but including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations; and translate spoken and written statements into different languages.

Medium Salary

£ 24822

430 people employed as Authors, Writers and Translators in the current year.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.