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English Literature

A level English Literature explores the works of famous writers, allowing you to develop your own ideas and interpretations of some of the most notable novels, plays and poems of all time.

You'll analyse and compare various texts such as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Shakespeare's Taming the Shrew, to gain a strong understanding of the writer's motives and methods.

Studying English Literature will enhance your skills in analytical thinking, research and writing, enabling you to demonstrate these abilities to universities and future employers.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will study a range of literature from Chaucer to present day on the subject of 'Love through the Ages' and literature in wartime.

Texts will include:

  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte),
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen),
  • Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew,
  • Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemmingway) and Sherriff's Journey's End.

Other forms of literature, including poetry, and additional contextual and interpretational elements, will also be included.

Students will be encouraged to engage with the texts, identify with characters and gain a comprehensive knowledge of the author's motives and methods.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed on your detailed knowledge of texts, form and literary devices, in addition to historical and contemporary interpretation.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above) including maths and a grade 5 in English literature (equivalent to grade B or above).

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

As you'll have developed your intellect, critical thinking, writing skills and analytical skills during this A level, you may choose to pursue English Literature at university.

You could also go on to work in the media, journalism, law, marketing, theatre, screenwriting and publishing.

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