AS/A Level English Literature
A Level English Literature is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to explore a range of texts including Shakespeare and study a range of novels, poetry and plays. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: English and related degrees.
As well as enjoying a wide range of engaging and stimulating novels, plays and poems, you will also develop your ability to express informed and independent opinions verbally and in writing – skills highly regarded by employers and universities.
Lesson activities are varied with active learning strategies, paired and group work, and a pronounced emphasis on discussion and debate – several of the reasons why our students achieve excellent examination results, with a 100% pass rate and over 70% A*-B grades.
In English Literature we love enrichment activities! We have seen not one, but two Hollywood stars performing Shakespeare on our regular theatre visits, and also make residential trips to London and Stratford upon Avon. You can also participate in enrichment activities such as:
- Creative Writing Society
- English Society and the English Academy
- Debating Society
You will study, eight texts, including Shakespeare, and a range of novels, poetry and plays, including both classics and works by modern writers. You will also get the opportunity to choose your own texts for coursework.
If you have enjoyed exploring plays, poems and novels at school, and want to develop your close reading, evaluative and detailed writing skills, you will be well suited to English Literature at A Level.
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that the following A Level subject requires a Level 6 in GCSE English: English.
*Please note that the following A Level subjects require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology.
At A Level the subject will be assessed by 80% examination and 20% coursework.
English Literature opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities including publishing, journalism, media, law and teaching for which it is a core subject of the National Curriculum.
The great variety of skills acquired are both highly regarded by employers and universities and also valuable in their own right. You will develop the ability to express informed and independent opinions. As well as supporting other subject areas, English Literature offers an ideal preparation for a university degree in English or a related subject.