A Level English Literature is a great subject for students who enjoy reading, thinking independently and evaluating ideas.
This is a two-year linear course where you will gain critical appreciation of literary texts. This is accomplished through methods of analysis, expressing this in cogent, detailed and critical essays.
For the exams, you will read various literary texts from Renaissance plays to twentieth century poetry. You will be evaluating interpretations from your close reading of texts such as The Tempest, The Duchess of Malfi and The Whitsun Weddings in addition to analysing unseen prose from the fin de siecle in the exam. The coursework, which is worth 20%, is a 2500-3500 word comparative essay. This essay allows you to compare two novels, for example Notes on a Scandal and The Great Gatsby.
Where does an A Level English Literature course lead?
English subjects are challenging, but are an excellent preparation both for university and careers which demand reasoning, analysis and discussion. Obvious careers include, for instance, journalism, sales, teaching, management, administration, information management, publishing and careers in the public services.
Course Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (if studied).
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English Literature Alumni
Caitlin Corrigan – Law, Oxford University
Edward Hodgson – English Literature, University of Warwick
Samuel Puxley – English Literature & History, Durham University
Hannah Mitchell – English, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Sophie Harrison – English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University
Eva Carroll – English, King’s College, Cambridge