On this course you will study a wide range of poetry, prose and drama. Within each genre, you will explore some modern texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, alongside some much older texts. Examples of set texts include: poems by Geoffrey Chaucer, John Keats, Sylvia Plath, Larkin and Gillian Clarke; plays such as King Lear, A Streetcar Named Desire and Top Girls and novels from writers such as Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood and Mary Shelley.
Most lessons will involve group discussion within a small, supportive environment, allowing you to try out new ideas and learn from your peers.
You will be expected to read widely around the set texts and to carry out some research into the texts’ literary and historical context.
- 80% examination
- 20% coursework
The coursework element of this qualification entails writing a 2500-3500 word assignment on a pair of prose texts.
You will also sit three examinations, one on each of the other three components of this course.
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
English Literature requires GCSE grade 6 or above in English Language and Literature.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies, or more general higher education courses. An English degree can also open pathways to Law conversion courses and similar post-graduate qualifications. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a teacher, journalist, author or poet. You could also go straight into employment, as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.