Do you have a love of reading and a critical mind? This demanding but rewarding course will encourage you to read a wide variety of British and American literature.
Texts currently studied cover both modern and classic periods, ranging from the 1600s to the 21st century. The best universities and high powered professions, such as Law, prize the analytical skills this course will give you above many others. It fits well with other Humanities A Levels such as History and Geography.
You will begin the course with the study of some of the most iconic literature in the English language including prose, poetry and drama. This will build on your close analysis skills from GCSE and allow you to begin to interpret texts independently and offer alternative ideas and theories. Writers such as Shakespeare, Webster and Coleridge alongside modern writers will be studied. Independent study will also allow you to pursue a detailed and sustained analysis of an area of literature of particular interest to you in a piece of extended coursework, to develop original and creative responses to a range of literary texts.
The breadth of literature studied encourages you to become a critical reader, and will give you the confidence to approach any text with an open mind and a wealth of knowledge.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in English Literature can lead to Higher Education opportunities in courses such as English, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies.
Careers such as Publishing, Advertising and Public Relations benefit from a qualification in English Literature.