Course Overview

English Literature is an opening up of the world. Literature, like all art, seeks to express something of the human experience of life. It is a means of finding out, for a moment, what it would be like to be someone else. Empathy is key. It is a way of transcending time and space: what would it be like to someone else, somewhere else, sometime else.

If you are ready to explore the big issues of life – love, death, God, meaning, relationships – then you are ready for English Literature

English Literature (A-Level)


Our study suite of Find Your Feet tasks have been designed to give you a taster of college life and the work involved by each subject. We recommend that you complete this work so that you know what to expect in September and to help you to choose the right subjects. There is no limit on how many subjects you can try, so find your feet in our study suite.

  • It is important to note that this work has no bearing on entry requirements and any work completed will not be marked or graded.
  • It is not required for you to bring any completed work with you in September, however, we would love for you to share your hard work.
  • It is a great platform to start your learning conversations with teaching staff and peers in September.

Download your A Level English Literature Find Your Feet task here

Course Topics

Shakespeare & Drama and Poetry Pre-1900

  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare (Year 1)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and other poems – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Year 2)
  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (Year 2)

Comparative and Contextual Study – American Literature 1880-1940

  • The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (Year 1)
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (Year 2)

Non-Exam Assessment/Coursework

  • The History Boys – Alan Bennett compared with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (Year 1)
  • Poems of W.H. Auden (Year 1)

Course Features

  • People who read literature tend to be more empathetic.
  • Literature will expose you to worlds beyond your own.
  • Deep reading and analytical skills are essential and will be gained.
  • People need stories. We live by and in stories. Stories tell us who we are and why we are.


Exams – 80%
Coursework – 20%

Awarding Body: OCR


2019 Results: 96%

Where Courses Become Careers

English Literature is a traditional academic subject that is appealing to all highly rated Universities. A degree in English Literature is a pathway to many careers, not all directly associated with the subject- blue chip graduate traineeships, finance, law and the media as well as journalism, academia and creative writing.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Develop fluency and literacy, both in terms of writing and oracy.

Develop skills which will enable you to develop a lifelong interest and passion; most people who do Literature A Level will remember their texts their whole lives.

Resilience will be built. There is a lot of work involved and managing this is essential to success.



If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk