Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
The skills gained through the study of English Literature are immeasurable. Students are able to broaden their knowledge, not only of a wide range of texts, but also of human relationships, history and different views of the world. Throughout the two year course, students are trained to become more independent and perceptive in their reading skills, developing their powers of analytical and evaluative thinking. They also learn to become more proficient and sophisticated in their writing and to carry out research with discrimination and a critical eye. Most importantly, their knowledge and horizons are expanded through being introduced to a wealth of novels, plays and poetry ranging through many genres and eras.
Potential Topics that will be studied
We offer AQA English Literature A Level Specification B and plan to continue with the topics of Aspects of Tragedy (which explores tragic texts from Shakespeare's Othello, through to 20th Century plays and poetry) and Elements of Crime Writing (which explores some of the most impressive texts of the genre). The course also includes a Non-Examination Assessment, in which students are able to select texts of their own choosing from any genre and era and respond to them from a critical viewpoint, allowing scope to cater for all interests.
Additional Course Entry Requirement
Students will need to achieve a minimum of grade 6 in either English Literature or English Language GCSE.
Progression and career opportunities
All universities see an A Level in English Literature as a major asset to any course, as it exhibits that students are academically able, well-read and capable writers. Specific careers which are benefitted by this subject are publishing, journalism, law, broadcasting, media, acting, teaching and advertising, among many others. An A Level in English Literature will open many doors to a successful future.