The study of A Level English Literature will focus on reading and analysing texts within a shared context. You will be encouraged to explore the relationships between various texts and the specific contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying these poetry, prose and drama works enables you to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.
The first topic area, Love through the Ages, leads to an exam on poetry, prose and Shakespeare set texts as well as unseen items. The Texts in Shared Contexts topic area gives you the opportunity to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time. Again the exam here includes set texts of all three genres as well as unseen material.
We generally ask for a GCSE point score of 5 or above to study a two-year A Level programme.
This will ideally include a 5 or above in English and Maths.
Your average GCSE score will include the Grades for all your GCSE subjects, added together, then divided by the number of subjects you’ve taken.
Please note: If you have a GCSE point score between 4 and 5 you can access certain A Level subjects.
Specific entry requirements
GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language and English Literature.
An A Level in English Literature is highly regarded by universities and so provides a pathway to a wide range of Higher Education programmes. Research shows there are a huge variety of jobs on offer for those with an academic background in English Literature. Career options could include copywriting, public relations, journalism, animation, teaching, design and TV production.