English Literature GCE A Level (single option) (Option Block A)

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

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


English Literature is one of the oldest and mostly highly regarded qualifications in the world.  It is a subject for true book lovers; those people who always say ‘the book was better than the film’, those of us who pity the ‘muggles’ in society and who wish there really was a way of holidaying in narratives rather than Europe. 

This brand new English Literature A Level takes students on a journey.  It covers a broad range of texts from the plays of William Shakespeare to the dystopian future of The Handmaid’s Tale. 

The course also expects students to gain understanding of the relationship between texts and the time in which they are created and received.       


You will study:

  • • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • • Pre-1900 poetry
  • • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • • Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
  • • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

How will it be delivered?

80% Examination at the end of the two year course. 

20% Coursework.

Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English Language AND English Literature at grade 6 or above.

Your next steps...

English Literature is deemed to be a facilitating A Level, this means it is a subject that is a requirement or a preferred option for a variety of degrees such as Law, Classics, Theology, Languages and History.  The subject also has clear links to subjects such as Drama and Media Studies.

English Literature A Level and an English degree (of which there are many varieties) can often lead to careers such as journalism, teaching, writing or working for a publisher.