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English Literature A Level will ensure that you read widely and can read independently. It will develop you so that you can engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them. The course will develop your ability to apply knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and to explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others? interpretations of them. In this course you will undertake independent and sustained studies that will deepen your appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

  • What will I study?

    You will study at least eight literary texts. Three of these will be pre-1900 texts (including one Shakespeare play), plus one text first published or performed post-2000.

    *All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is for those who want to read and engage with a wide variety of literature texts from different periods, developing a strong critical mind and a deep understanding of English Literature. This course is ideal if you have an interest in English Literature and wish to gain an A Level in the subject.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three written exams (drama, prose, poetry) at the end of the second year of the course as well as one piece of coursework, a comparative essay on two texts.

  • General info

    You will be advised on recommendations of specific textbooks and materials that are recommended for the study of this course.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    Higher Education

    English Literature students are well equipped to progress on to a range of university courses including English Literature, Publishing, Journalism, Teaching, Media-related courses, History, Law, Business, and many more. Many top business and marketing executives have English Literature A Level or a degree in English. Due to the importance of written and verbal communication as well as critical thinking, the course opens up a multitude of paths for future study and employment.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    The required point score to join our A Level programme is 4.25 across all your GCSEs. This must include a minimum of 5 grade 5s or above including a grade 5 or above in English Language and maths, with a grade 6 in another written subject desirable. An average point score will be calculated across your GCSE grades.

    A BTEC qualification at Merit grade, or above, in a related subject may also be considered in exceptional circumstances.

    All applicants will be invited for interview.