English Language and Literature

Studying A-Level English Literature will encourage you to broaden your understanding of the English word. You will explore the traditions of literature whilst developing your knowledge of historical and cultural influences on writers and the production of their texts. You will have the opportunity to read a wide variety of texts, across centuries, gender and genre, developing your skills as an independent reader and critic.

You will explore different forms of literature in order to widen your breadth of text knowledge, whilst also developing an analytical and critical perspective of writers and their work. All whilst developing a passion for literature and its intricate form of production.

Length of course: All A-Level qualifications run over 2 years.

How will I be assessed? This course is assessed primarily by two examination scheduled for May/June with some additional coursework assessment.

What does the course lead to? A-Levels are often used to progress onto higher education courses at University or into an academic career. These qualifications are also recognised and valued by prospective employers.

This A Level can be used to progress to a degree in English literature, creative writing, politics, media and communication or journalism. This list is not extensive and English will be accepted in the application process to other degree level courses.

Potential career progression could include; teaching, publishing, the media, social work, law and the public sector (defence, education or social security).

What will I study? The texts covered include ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F Scott Fitzgerald and a pre-1900 poetry collection. As well as a choice of module in your second year. You will also analyse unseen texts of different genres. In the coursework option you will study a choice of texts.