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English Literature A Level

Course Duration

A Level is a 2 year course.

Entry Requirements

Plus GCSE English Language Grade C is essential.

Assessment of A2 Level

Assessment at A Level is by exam at the end of two years plus a piece of assessed coursework.

Course Overview

In the first year, the emphasis is on modern texts.  Novels can be chosen according to themes such as Childhood, Crime and Detection, the Supernatural, and Women.  There is a wide selection of texts, from traditional fiction like ‘Huckleberry Finn’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Frankenstein’, to contemporary novels such as Khaled Hosseini’s superb ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’.  The choice of plays is similarly varied including modern plays like ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘A Doll’s House’, or ‘Waiting for Godot’.  The poetry selection can be as modern as you would like it to be, and will be arrived at through discussion with your teacher.  Shakespeare becomes the central focus in the second year.

You will select two of your favourite texts to compare for course work and will have tutorial support as you undertake this challenging and enjoyable project.

Career Progression

A degree in English Literature can lead to a range of careers, both as a single honours and as half a joint honours degree. Graduates have continued into teaching or administrative posts, as well as advertising, journalism, or many careers for which a skilled and flexible use of language is an essential component.

Further Information 

The course is enhanced by trips to the theatre and cinema to experience dramatized versions of the texts you will study.  You will be encouraged to join the Creative Writing group where you can create your own poems, plays and stories inspired in part by your reading on the course. 


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