English Language and Literature

Staff Contact

Ms Sue Simmonds: ssimmonds@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

Course Content

You will study a selection of fiction and non-fiction from an anthology as well as two prose texts and a modern play with an option to study poetry as well. A 3000-word coursework essay in Y13 makes up 20% of the final grade. This comprises original writing and a commentary on your creative process. You will work independently on this with tutorial support from staff.

Exams: two exams at the end of Y13 making up 80% of the final grade.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Results 2022

A*-B 78% | A*-C: 89% | A*-E: 100%

Students on average achieved over half a grade above their predicted grades based on prior GCSE attainment this year.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry criteria plus a minimum GCSE grade 5 in English Literature and Language

Career Opportunities

English Language & Literature is regarded as a facilitating subject and is welcomed by universities for almost any degree course.

Law Degree

English degree

Linguistics degree


Education degree 


Creative writing

Apprenticeships in journalism, marketing, publishing.

Trips, Industry Links and Work Experience

Creative Writing Club (A level students work with lower school students on their creative writing)

Theatre trips to see plays.

Swindon Poetry festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival



English is by far my favourite subject. All the feedback I have had has enabled me to improve my studies and I have always been able to rely on the teaching to maximise my potential.

 Student Exit Survey.


Student profile

Hanna Doherty

Previous school Farmor's

Studying English Language and Literature, Fine Art and French

Ambition to study Journalism at Oxford