Course Content

Are you an avid reader? Do you love discussing ideas, characters and themes in plays, poems and novels? If so then the A Level in English Literature is a varied and thought-provoking course which will give you the opportunity to read, enjoy and explore Literature.
Throughout the A Level course, you will analyse, explore and discuss your thoughts on a range of literary works and genres.
The course is separated into three key areas – Drama, Prose and Poetry – to give you the opportunity to explore a range of genres, styles and contexts from across literature. Amongst the range of texts studied will be a Shakespeare play, accompanied by a critical anthology, a post-1900 novel, and poetry from the twenty-first century.

Why Study English Literature?
Aside from being highly enjoyable, this A level is highly valued by universities, being a facilitating subject. It will be a real asset when applying for a number of different University courses due to its critical, analytical and evaluative nature. It will be particularly useful for any future career which involves some measure of writing skills or communication.

Assessment includes a coursework essay which comprises 20% of the final grade. Students will also sit three exams, all of which are open book. The Drama and Poetry focused exams are each worth 30% of the final grade, and the Prose focused exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 or above in both English Language and English Literature