English Literature AS and A Level

Course Code: 
S0707-S0763
Minimum Age: 
16
Full Description: 

This subject gives you the enduring pleasure of reading and getting to know in detail a wide range of literary texts and plays, from the Renaissance to the present day. As well as reading the texts themselves, you will consider the social, literary and historical context of the time they were written and examine some critical responses to them.

During the course, you will learn to:

  • Understand the role of narrative in literary texts
  • Understand the distinctive nature of different literary genres
  • Read carefully, think analytically and write articulately
  • Explore texts creatively and independently.
  • Apply critical ideas to literary texts.

To succeed on the course, you will need curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment, and above all a desire to read literature. Recent texts have included:

  • The Kite Runner
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Poetry by Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson 
  • Tragedies such as Hamlet and A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Gothic texts such as Dracula, Doctor Faustus and The Bloody Chamber.

Assessment is through written exams and coursework.

An A Level in English Literature is an ideal preparation for a wide variety of degree courses and careers that require good communication and thinking skills. English Literature is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level.

English Literature can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with; Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry Requirements:

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English.

Please contact the Advice Shop for details of costs and start dates.

Please note that although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, course information, costs where applicable and attendance details may change.

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