A-Level English Literature

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?

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


Works of literature reflect the time and context in which they were written, and studying them gives us tremendous insight into the society at the time, the author who wrote them and our own lives and emotions. On the A-level English Literature programme you will study a range of texts, both modern and classical, and will develop a range of important skills such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and evaluation.


Component 1: Drama
Students study one play by Shakespeare and one by a different playwright.

Component 2: Prose
Two prose texts will be studied. Both will be based on the same theme, at least one will be from pre-1900.

Component 3: Poetry
A range of poetry is studied looking at form, meaning and language covering poems from post- 2000 and other literary periods.

Component 4: Non-examination assessment
An in-depth comparative study of two texts of your choosing.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Drama (exam, 2h 15m, 30%)

Component 2: Prose (exam, 1h 15m, 20%)

Component 3: Poetry (exam, 2h 15m, 30%)

Component 4: Non-examination assessment (coursework, 20%)

Entry requirements

GCSE English Literature grade 6

Successful English Literature students will have a love of literature and will read in their spare time. You will need to be good at analysing texts, gathering evidence from them and using it to develop well-reasoned arguments. You will need to be comfortable expressing your thoughts in class and small-group discussion and open to listening and taking on board others’ thoughts and ideas. You will need good general knowledge of the main periods of history in order to properly contextualise the texts.

Your next steps...

English Literature, Law, History (and other humanities), Politics. English is helpful for most degrees.