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A Level English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code 8
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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How are men and women treated differently in literary texts?  Does our social status affect the way in which we interpret texts?  Does racial identity have an impact on our understanding of literature?  These are just some of the questions you’ll get to explore if you take A Level English Literature.  

In A Level English Literature, you will be introduced to a range of genres of text and will develop analytical skills when exploring language, structure and form.  You’ll also examine the impact of context on the language of texts.  You will learn how to structure ideas into a coherent argument in the form of a polemic essay.  

In your first year you will study a range of texts (William Shakespeare’s Othello, F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby alongside an anthology of poetry) which explore love through the ages in preparation for the exams at the end of the second year.   

In the second year, you are given the freedom to explore a range of prose texts, one of which must have been written pre-1900.  You will work with your teacher to devise a question in an area that particularly interests you and will produce one essay for coursework.  

After this, we will look at texts in the shared context of modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day in preparation for the exams at the end of the second year. Texts include The Handmaids Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Feminine Gospels. 

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

A grade 5 in both English Language and English Literature GCSE.  Successful students of English Literature: actively read a wide range of fiction texts; are prepared to undertake wider reading around the topics within texts; can write well, as this subject is assessed totally by writing; are open to different interpretations of texts; are willing to work with others and enjoy discussion; are independent thinkers; have a strong work ethic; are good at meeting deadlines; and have good organisational skills

Your next steps...

There are very few careers which wouldn’t benefit from an A Level in English Literature, and this is a fact that is recognized by universities.  It’s an extremely well-regarded A Level, and it would be useful for anyone considering a career in law, journalism, politics, marketing, acting, teaching – the list goes on.


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