English Literature - A Level - 2 years

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?

Code LP2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


You'll explore the contexts of the texts you're reading and deepen your understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English.  The course features a fascinating mix of texts from across the genres.


Do you enjoy reading texts from different times? Do you want to know what inspired writers to create their works? If so, this is the perfect course for you. On our A Level English Literature course you will get the chance to read, analyse and discuss a wide range of texts from across the genres and literary periods, including the Gothic novel, dystopian literature, the Romantic period and tragic drama.

What will I study? 

Our A Level English Literature students follow the Edexcel specification. There are individual units which cover each of the three genres - prose, poetry and drama as well as a coursework unit in which you are able to compare two texts of your own choice. This is a great opportunity to analyse the type of literature you really enjoy! 

Our English Literature students gain a real insight into the process of writing and publishing through bespoke writing workshops with published authors. They are also able to experience texts in production through regular theatre visits and opportunities to meet those involved in staging performances.

How will I be assessed? 

This course is assessed through exams (80%) and coursework (20%). 

What can I do next?

An A Level in English Literature is a prestigious and well valued qualification. It is a great springboard for a wide range of opportunities including university degree courses and employment opportunities in sectors such as the arts, education, health, print and broadcast media and many others. An A Level in English Literature will help you to develop strong analytical and excellent communication skills. These skills are highly sought after in the workplace. 

 A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

How will it be delivered?

Examinations + coursework.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A*-C) including English + Maths

Your next steps...

The critical, analytical and communication skills developed during the course make English Literature an excellent preparation for higher education in any area.  If you want to specialise, there are a wide range of courses in English, journalism, media and cultural studies.