English Literature A-level

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


This course is a delight for those who love reading and discussing literature. Classes are small, lively and enthusiastic with much discussion and debate.

The English Literature A-level encourages students to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender, and through experiencing an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them. Each year students will examine prose, poetry and drama.  


The course is linear, meaning that all A-level students will sit their exams at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 - Love Through the Ages.
Students will study three texts: one poetry, anthology and at least one prose text.
Current texts include The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights and Othello.
Paper 2 Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day.
Students will study three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama. Text options include: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Help, A Streetcar Named Desire and the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.
Unit 3 Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time.
In this unit students study Frankenstein and an appropriate text of their choice.

How will it be delivered?

80% examination and 20% coursework.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Literature GCSE.

Your next steps...

English Literature is an academic subject loved by Universities. Successful students go on to study subjects such as English and American studies, Law, History, Media, Film, Politics, Philosophy and many other humanities subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. English Literature opens the doors to a wide range of diverse careers, such as Law, Media, Education, Journalism, Marketing and Politics.