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English Literature A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


English Literature A Level gives you the opportunity to read and study 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:

  • Explore aspects of comedy in literary texts
  • Develop your reading, writing and analytical skills
  • Become a more independent learner and thinker
  • Apply critical theory to literary texts
  • Write about texts in a number of different ways.

Texts on the syllabus include:

  • AQA Poetry Anthology
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

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

English Literature can be studied alongside a diverse range of other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Drama and Theatre studies, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in English Literature.
Applicants should also meet the overall Sixth Form entry requirements


Assessment is through written exams at the end of the second year as well as a coursework element.


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.

Career Progression

This course offers a wide variety of transferable skills that will be an asset in any careers that require good communication and analytical skills.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 or over please contact the Advice Shop

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