Course Details

  • Building on what you’ve already learnt at GCSE, this A-Level in English Literature will further your love of reading and passion for literature of all genres, as you develop the core skills and critical awareness needed to understand a wide range of influential texts.

    You’ll explore Christina Rossetti’s Selected Poetry alongside a deep look at the dramatic themes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Other drama pieces you’ll examine include: A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams and An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde. You’ll get to focus on an incredible piece of prose in each year of study, with George Orwell’s 1984 on the table for year one, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale the open book for year two.

    With each genre and piece of text, you’ll learn the importance of culture and context in literature, and see how these can influence both authors and readers. You’ll be developing a range of key skills that will help you succeed in a number of careers, and you’ll even get to complete your own personal research piece on a topic that you find interesting.

  • Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

  • In your first year, you’ll be assessed solely by two exams at the end of the year. Your second year will be split in 40% coursework and 60% exams.

  • With an English Literature A Level, you’ll be able to go on to study a diverse range of university degrees and follow a subject area that you’re passionate about, with the skills required to succeed in everything from History to Sociology, Law to Creative Writing.

    Whether you want to be an editor or a professor, a manager in a business, or a journalist at a magazine, there’s a huge choice of career opportunities related to English. Every industry and sector requires employees with exceptional knowledge of English, so the choice of where you want to work is entirely up to you!

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  • A-Level courses like this one are completely free for anyone aged 16-18 and progressing from school.

    If you don’t fall into this category, there may be tuition fees to pay. But don’t worry, there is plenty of financial support available to help you afford college. We’ve put together all the different funding opportunities that you might be eligible for, ranging from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education.

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