A grade 4 in GCSE English Language and/or GCSE English Literature. A higher grade is strongly recommended.
There are some excellent English Language or Language and Linguistics degree courses for which English Language A level is ideal. You can also apply for combined Language and Literature degrees. If you are applying for a degree course entitled “English” or “English Literature”, an A Level in English Literature is usually required. Students doing a wide variety of other subjects, in Arts, Humanities and Sciences, also take A level English. They go on to many different courses and careers. The skills that you learn are a useful starting point for careers in the arts and the media (including journalism), law and business, and in other professions where a disciplined approach and critical awareness are needed. Please note that it is possible to study English Language and English Literature as separate A levels.