During your English Literature A Level, you will study a broad and engaging selection of poetry, novels, and dramatic texts from across the literary periods, by writers such as William Shakespeare, Emily Brontë and Carol Ann Duffy. In addition to learning to unpick intricate layers of meaning, you will explore the cultural and historical influences on writers and learn to apply literary criticism.
English Literature A Level will provide you with acutely developed analytical skills much valued in higher education and by employers. It is also useful for the study of other A Level subjects. The course is assessed through exams and independent coursework, for which students choose their own focus to pursue.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
All students are expected to purchase a range of English literature textbooks which will be used throughout both years. These can be purchased via the College online store when you enrol.
Students who have gained this qualification are now studying at many of the top universities such as Oxbridge, Exeter, Kings College, Exeter, Manchester, Warwick, Durham and Edinburgh. Many are studying literature, history, teaching degrees, journalism, politics, psychology, cultural studies, drama and American studies.
English literature is totally engaging, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. The texts are exciting and offer a wide variety of genres and contextual ideas.
A Levels (English Literature, English Language & Maths)