English Literature (A Level)

Birth, death, life and everything in between – this is English Literature. The course builds directly on the skills you have gained from your GCSE study of Literature.

You will study a wide range of novels, plays and poetry from different periods and will discover both contemporary and older texts.

This course combines well with many subjects but can be paired with English Language if you are really keen to study English in depth. English Literature is excellent preparation for a wide range of degree courses and careers.

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English Literature

Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study:

Aspects of Tragedy (examined unit):

  • King Lear – William Shakespeare
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Selected poems – John Keats

Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing (examined unit):

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience – William Blake

Students can choose from a range of texts in consultation with their teacher, on which they will write an extended analytical essay.

Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

English Literature is a highly respected subject and one that will open many doors to universities and beyond. Classed as a facilitating subject, it will improve your university options and look great on your application. It is a subject that sharpens your analytical, interpretative and thinking skills and can lead to a huge variety of careers, including jobs in research, politics, education, journalism and the arts.

Assessment:                   Awarding Body:

Exams – 80%                                    AQA – (Specification B)
Coursework – 20%

Results 2016: 98%


Key Features:
  • We study a wide variety of literature, from Shakespeare to 21st Century writing.
  • Lessons are varied, enjoyable and taught by experienced, creative teachers.
  • Literature is fulfilling, broadening the mind and deepening understanding in other subjects.
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How we  will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

English Literature is a challenging subject that employers take note of. Taking part in the course means you are responsible, mature and have excellent literacy skills. It also involves many other subjects – being a student of literature requires knowledge of history, philosophy, sociology and many more. As a result you will use a huge variety of skills that employers will require.

Throughout the year, guest speakers will visit from universities as well as from related industries. Thus, we will have visiting speakers from the worlds of publishing, writing, journalism and related fields, who will highlight and explain ways into courses and careers related to English.

What our students say…

“The lessons were interesting and really illuminating. At times the course was challenging but it really opened my eyes about so many things and I got to read some fantastic books!”

“As someone who’s always loved reading, studying English was perfect for me. It gave me the opportunity to study a great range of texts in depth and opened so many doors, enabling me to go on to do a course that I love.”