English Literature A-Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code EngLit010
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The study of English Literature opens your mind to the experiences of people from around the world. This subject will introduce you to some of the greatest works of English and world literature as it touches on all aspects of humanity. The skills that you learn in English will prepare you for many careers and degree courses, including the media, law and teaching. English will help you to draw together studies in other areas and challenge you to think in different and alternative ways. It will promote independent thought about the past and arouse your critical faculties for the future.


You will study a range of literary works from English Literature; plays, poetry and drama will introduce you to texts about society and the self, at the same time you will draw on history and politics, as well as considering issues of morality, religion and emotion. Texts that you will be examined on include: � Shakespeare�s Hamlet � Williams�s A Streetcar Named Desire � Prose texts linked to the theme of science and society - Frankenstein and The Handmaid�s Tale � A range of poetry taken from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002�2011 � Rossetti�s Goblin Market In the 20% coursework component, you will study two texts linked by the theme of women and society, Tess of the D�Urbervilles and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and produce an extended comparative essay referring to both texts. Throughout the A Level course, you will be encouraged to undertake independent and sustained studies, and further reading, to develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is by three exams (Drama, Prose and Poetry) and one coursework unit.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in English (Maths resit considered)

Your next steps...

Many students of literature at sixth-form continue such study at degree level or move into other areas such as history, law, media-related courses, even sciences. This course is excellent preparation for self-study, essay writing and independent analysis and will prove vital for all courses at degree level and beyond. Literature students can be found in a wide number of professions, including writing, politics, journalism, teaching, law, marketing and media.