Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A2 English Language

Course Content

English Language can be studied either as a one year AS course or a full, 2 year, linear course. Language is one of the most powerful tools you could ever hope to possess. If you decide to study English Language you will embark upon the study of linguistics that will empower you and enable you to become a speaker and writer of language beyond compare.

Your course will begin with a venture into the world of linguistic methods – here you will uncover the mysteries of topics such as pragmatics; phonology; lexis; semantics; discourse; grammar & graphology. These magnificent methods will help you to uncover the intricacies of language choices that speakers and writers make.

Once you have mastered these tools of analysis you will be able to deconstruct almost any text and savour the excitement of implicature and syntactical ambiguity that writers and orators employ; skills that you can use in your working life, in your speech and most importantly in your written communication.



There will be two exams at the end of the first year, both 1 ½ hours long and weighted at 50% each.


There will be two terminal exams at the end of the two year Advanced level course, both 2½ hours long and weighted 40% each. You will complete a coursework folder weighted 20% of the total course.


English Language opens up a wealth of university options to students. Last year’s students went on to study a range of single, double or vocational degrees. Students such as Kieran (Newcastle University: English Language); Louise (York St John: Primary Education); Amy (Sunderland: Broadcast & Sports Journalism); Sophie (Northumbria: English and History) and many more that we are so proud of.

Students have gone onto a diverse range of careers after graduation: Eve now works at Tilly, Baily and Irvine solicitors, Beth for the RSPCA, Jess as a teacher here at the college, Rebecca as a primary school teacher, Sophie as an HR assistant for Smiths, and Sara as a freelance journalist and weather reporter for Radio Tees.

AS / A2 English Literature

Course Content

Did you ever find yourself engrossed in Harry Potter’s fight to the death with He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named? Or cowering with fright because the latest Stephen King story had filled you with terror? Modern literature has its roots in our fabulous literary heritage: ‘Harry Potter’ was inspired by Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, and modern horror writers learnt their techniques by reading the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Anne Radcliffe.

So you’re a reader? Fabulous. English Literature is the ideal subject for you. If you are happy turning the pages of a play, or a collection of poems, or a novel, then just imagine what it would be like if your homework was reading and your lessons are based on discussing what you had read.

Writers weave amazing worlds and populate them with various intriguing, loveable, frightening and pitiable characters. Study the techniques dramatists, poets and novelists use to keep us hooked. Who knows, perhaps you may be the next J.K Rowling or the West End’s dramatist whose plays tour the country. Perhaps you may become the songwriter whose hits are performed by top musicians because of your love of poetry.

Choose English Literature and you will spend two years exploring the most thrilling and exciting texts our literary past has to offer. As well as looking at poetry, novels and plays from a huge variety of inspirational writers, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in some texts for your coursework. Yes, you will have to do three exams, but when you love a subject this much, the exams will be a breeze.


There will be three terminal exams at the end of the two year Advanced Level course: one on drama, (30%, 2 ¼ hours) one on prose (20%, 1 hour) and one on poetry (30%, 2 ¼ hours). You will also complete a 3000 word extended comparative essay for your coursework folder, worth 20%.