A Level English Literature


Introduction to this course

During this study programme, you will read and analyse a range of texts from different genres and periods, including novels, short stories, drama and poetry. You will study six texts in detail over the A Level, including a Shakespeare text. You will take part in lots of class discussion for this subject so you can develop your own ideas about the texts we explore.



How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here



Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English at grade A* to B, but in some cases a C may be acceptable. Most importantly, you should enjoy reading!



Duration of this course

AS Level is a one year course and A Level is a two year course. Enrolment is only in September.



Career Prospects

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



How will I be assessed?

Each year is assessed by 60% end-of-year exam and 40% by a coursework folder containing two essays. The AS exam is open book, which means that you have a copy of the set texts in the exam, but the second year exam is closed book.



Course content/units

Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative (Assessed through two hour exam consisting of three questions. Equates to 60% of your AS Level mark.)

Sample content: ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Enduring Love’ and John Keats poetry.

Unit 2: Dramatic Genres: Comedy (Assessed through two coursework essays. Equates to 40% of your AS Level mark.)

Sample content: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Unit 3: Texts and Genres: Pastoral (Assessed through two hour exam of two questions. Equates to 60% of your second year, A Level mark.)

Sample content: ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, ‘As You Like It’ and a pastoral poetry anthology.

Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading (Assessed through coursework. Equates to 40% of your second year, A Level mark.)

Sample content: DH Lawrence short stories, critical anthology, students’ choice of two texts.

Expenses for this Course

You are encouraged to buy your own copies of key texts. Texts range from £6 to £9.