Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A Level English Language

Course Content

English 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 and 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.


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 (University of Sunderland: Broadcast & Sports Journalism); Sophie (Northumbria University: 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.

All my teachers were amazing and so helpful, I love them. I found it really easy to make new friends

AS / A Level 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 explore 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.


The course opens up a route way to further study at a university of your choice, in subjects such as English, journalism, philosophy, media and teaching.

A Level Classical Civilisations

Course Content

The study of A-level Classical Civilisation allows students to look at many aspects of the classical world which are significant in the development of the modern world.

The Classical Civilisation A-level offers students a mid-level opportunity to engage with the study of classics. It also allows those who have the firm foundation of GCSE Classical Civilisation the opportunity to build upon the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.

As well as being superb preparation for further study in the Classics, a study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A-levels including: Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History, History of Art and Philosophy - as well as the study of the classical languages.

Whilst studying Classics you will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of texts and ideas such as; Greek Architecture and Sculpture, Athenian Democracy, Aristophanes and Athens, Women in Athens and Rome, Menander and Plautus, The Life and Times of Cicero, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Athenian Vase Painting, Athenian Imperialism, Roman Architecture and Town Planning and The Second Punic War.


The course is assessed by two exams at the end of year 12 which involve students answering one structured, source-based question (from a choice of two) and one short essay on their chosen topic.


Classics is the study of the languages, culture, history and thought of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects as it allows students to develop a range of skills that are transferable and relevant to a range of courses. Students who study Classics often go on to read English, History, Politics or Religion at University.

GCSE English

If you have not quite achieved what you would have liked to at GCSE, don’t worry we can help! We provide a range of options that you can study over a one-year period, which on successful completion will allow you to bridge that gap and move to Level 3 programmes of study.

Course Content

If you have not achieve a grade 4 or higher in school this re-sit course is for you. It is an intensive course that combines the two year AQA English Language course into one year. You will, however, be given plenty of support and the lessons are well structured to give you the knowledge and exam techniques to achieve success.


There are two exams of 1 hour 45 minutes, each worth 50% of the overall course. Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. This exam focuses on literature fiction texts and will include extracts from novels and short stories and looks at openings, endings, narrative perspectives and points of view, narrative or descriptive passages, character, atmospheric descriptions and other appropriate narrative and descriptive approaches.

Paper 2, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time. This exam focuses on non-fiction and literary nonfiction texts, including high quality journalism, articles, reports, essays, travel writing, accounts, sketches, letters, diaries, autobiography and biographical passages or other appropriate non-fiction and literary non-fiction forms.

There is also a non-examined assessment unit – Speaking and Listening which you will be required to give a presentation.