A Levels

A Level English Literature (September 2023 Start)

Start Date: 07/09/2023
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 27/06/2025
End Time: 17:00
Day(s): Monday to Friday
Site: College Main Site


Course Overview

English Literature is a well-established A level subject that is highly regarded by Universities. It will allow you to develop further skills in analysing and writing about literary texts that you have been introduced to at GCSE English. You will study texts from all the major literary genres: prose, drama and poetry, produced by writers from a wide range of historical periods and backgrounds.

Qualification Gained

  • GCE A Level in English Literature

After The Course

As well as degrees in English Literature, learners have gone on to degrees in Journalism, Public Relations (PR), Marketing, Creative Writing and other Media or Cultural Studies study programmes. This subject is good preparation for Teacher Training study programmes.

What Will I Learn

Drama: For this unit we will study two drama texts one comedy and one Shakespearean tragedy. We will also engage with critical writing on tragedy. Both these texts will be examined by essay questions in the exam. Prose: We study two prose texts under the theme ‘Crime and Detection’: one 19th century novel and one modern American non-fiction work. You will write a comparative essay on both texts in the exam. Poetry: We will study one Victorian poet and an anthology of modern poetry. We will also learn how to analyse and respond to unseen poetry in timed conditions. In the exam you will compare an unseen poem to one you have studied, and write an essay on the named poet. Coursework: You will also write a comparative coursework essay on two texts of your choice, with advice and support from your lecturer.

Our Lecturers

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced lectures who are dedicated to ensuring student success through effective curriculum delivery and high-quality pastoral support. The team includes staff with relevant sector expertise.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Variety of delivery methods including classroom activities, professional discussions, digitally-enabled activity, presentations and directed study.


As a student, you will have weekly tutorials that are used for one to one support, progress updates, employability skills and preparation for University.

How Will I Be Assessed

The final year exams after two years of study are worth 80%, you will be able to have copies of the texts you have studied in the exams. There are three papers; one on prose, one on drama and one on poetry. The comparative coursework essay is worth 20%.

Entry Requirements

  • You need five GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 .
  • Including English at grade 9 - 5 , but in some cases a 4 may be acceptable.
  • If you have missed a grade 4 in Maths by one grade it may be possible to re-sit GCSE maths in your first year.
  • Most importantly, you should enjoy reading!

Required Experience

No specific experience is required for this course but a keen interest in English Literature is essential.

How To Apply

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