English Literature

a level


Literature is more than the study of books, it is the study of words, language, society and culture. A Level Literature will allow you to read a wide range of texts (poems, plays and prose) and comment on the details of them. You might learn about feminism, class, gender, love or London or Paris or Alaska. The journey your reading might take you on knows nobounds.

This takes you a step further than GCSE, and will build on the skills you developed. Each exam is open book – meaning no more memorising of quotes but instead analysing with your own ideas.

Course duration:

2 years.

Entry requirements:

5 GCSE Grade 4 and above, ideally a 5 in English

How students will learn:

Through discussion, reading, group work and essay writing.

What will students learn:

Prose, drama, poetry and skills of analysis and essay writing. They will examine pre 1900 literature including a chosen Shakespeare play as well as more modern literature.


Written exams at the end of the 2 yearsNon Exam Assessment ( Coursework) A comparison of two texts, including one pre-1900 which forms an extended essay of 2500 words.

Student profile:

Someone who likes reading and looking at society.

Enrichment opportunities:

Trips to see plays, shows, readings, podcasts.

Possible combinations:

Sociology, Psychology, Art, Film.

Progression routes:

This course carries UCAS points towards University, Higher Level Apprenticeship and a variety of career opportunities.

Potential University courses:

English, Film, Media, Sociology. Creative Writing.

Potential career paths:

Teacher, researcher, writer, online content producer.

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