English Literature A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

On this course, you will develop and enhance techniques in analysis, evaluation and comparison of literary texts that have been selected for their richness and diversity. You will develop critical thinking about a range of texts that span over 400 years, using wider reading and an appreciation of other interpretations to support your understanding of the texts studied.

Being a keen reader, with an appreciation of the way in which a wide range of texts are shaped by their cultural and historical backgrounds, you will explore literature through different time periods and in different forms. A collection of poetry texts will be studied, alongside both modern and renaissance drama, which provide you with an opportunity to develop your analytical skills through comparison whilst applying contextual and critical readings.

You will also be encouraged to develop skills and expertise in formulating your own personal and creative responses to texts. The coursework affords you the opportunity to produce an essay that requires independent research and wider reading, with a selection of texts available for study. You will choose a topic or theme to explore across two texts and will be supported by subject specialists with a wealth of experience in teaching the course.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of examinations in Poetry, Drama and unseen texts and an extended Prose Study based on the reading of two prose texts.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5 including English Language and/or English Literature.

Retaking GCSE Maths as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching. Alternatively a degree in a related subject, such as English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Media Screen Writing, Teaching, Humanities, Creative/Performing Arts, or Law, is an option.

Additional information

English Literature A Level combines well with Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Religious Studies and Sociology.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Teaching, the Media, Publishing, Journalism, Performing Arts and the Public Sector.

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