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English Literature

English Literature - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English. A GCSE in English Literature is not a requirement.

Course Introduction:

If you love reading and analysing texts then this is the course for you. It consists of the study of prose, poetry and drama and develops analytical skills, oral communication skills and above all, discursive writing skills. Taking English Literature will give you a love of reading that you can carry with you through life.

English Literature A Level Transition Pack – We have prepared some information on our website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September.

Course Modules:

Unit 1: Comedy

In this unit we study dramatic comedy through William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. We also study a prose text, Andrea Levy’s ‘Small Island’ and an anthology of comic poetry in the first year.

Unit 2: Political and Social Protest Literature

In this unit we study a range of short extracts as preparation for the unseen critical analysis question on the exam and we also study 3 set texts: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.

Unit 3: Non-examined assessment (NEA)

Students have to produce 2 essays exploring literary texts of their choosing through the lens of different critical theories.


This is a 2 year, linear course and is assessed through 2 exams and a non-examined assessment (coursework).

Career Opportunities:

English Literature is highly regarded by universities and employers and is a ‘facilitating subject’ for Russell Group universities. Past students have gone on to have careers in journalism, broadcasting, publishing, academia, teaching, law, social work, politics, marketing and industry