A Level Programme

English Literature A Level

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About this course

This course is ideal if you love reading, writing and talking about texts, because it gives you the opportunity to read widely and to write analytically in response to what you have read.

Your reading will include prose, poetry and drama, by writers from diverse backgrounds. You will have a choice of texts for one of your assignments.

As part of the course you will explore the relationships between texts and will be encouraged to develop your own interpretations of texts, taking into account the views of other readers.

Frequent feedback on your work, from well qualified subject specialists and lots of opportunities to discuss and share ideas, supports you in reaching your full potential.

What will I learn?

During the course you will:

  • Study a range of poetry, both pre-1900 and post-1900
  • Study pre-1900 and post-1900 drama
  • Study a play by Shakespeare
  • Develop the critical skills to write about prose and poetry which you have not studied as part of your course
  • Produce coursework based on the reading of two prose texts by different authors

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams (80%) and coursework (20%).

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirement: Grade 5 in English and/or English Literature

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - related degree, such as English Literature, Communications, Media and Education
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Additional Information

There are opportunities throughout the course to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as theatre visits and exhibitions to help you make an informed choice about university courses.

English Literature combines well with most subjects including Sociology, History and Law. It cannot be combined with A Level English Language and Literature.