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English Literature

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Are you an avid reader? Do you love discussing ideas, characters and themes in plays, poems and novels? If so then the A Level in English Literature is a varied and thought-provoking course which will give you the opportunity to read, enjoy and explore Literature.

Throughout the A Level course, you will analyse, explore and discuss your thoughts on a range of literary works and genres.

The course is separated into three key areas – Drama, Prose and Poetry – to give you the opportunity to explore a range of genres, styles and contexts from across literature. Amongst the range of texts studied will be a Shakespeare play, accompanied by a critical anthology, a post-1900 novel, and poetry from the twenty-first century. This provides students with an excellent breadth of literary study.


Assessment includes a coursework essay which comprises 20% of the final grade. Students will also sit three exams, all of which are open book. The Drama and Poetry focused exams are each worth 30% of the final grade, and the Prose focused exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 or above in both English Language and English Literature.

WHY STUDY English literature?

Aside from being highly enjoyable, this A level is highly valued by universities, being a facilitating subject. It will be a real asset when applying for a number of different University courses due to its critical, analytical and evaluative nature. It will be particularly useful for any future career which involves some measure of writing skills or communication.

Financial Information

Students are required to purchase their own texts and provide their own stationery. Also we do run appropriate theatre visits and a literary trip (Howarth/Stratford/London).

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

This A level is highly valued by universities, and will be an asset when applying for many courses. It will be particularly useful for any future career which involves some measure of writing skills or communication. Future careers might include: law, journalism, the media, advertising, teaching, publishing or business.

Further Information

You need to be enthusiastic about reading in order to enjoy this course. You will have a keen interest in written communication of all kinds. You also need to be able to engage in discussion about how words and linguistic patterns create changes in meaning. You need to be able to discuss the philosophical and cultural contexts of a text and how texts have been received over time by literary authorities.

Students who study this course will be given opportunities to visit theatre performances, if available, and there are often lecture-style events at local universities.