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English Literature – A Level

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English.

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.

Preparing for A Level English Literature

We have created some transition packs 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.

Leaping into Literature

This is an additional booklet which we have found very useful to help bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level. You will also need the resource booklet:

If you have any questions about the course, please email admissions@s6f.org.uk

Course Modules

Unit 1: Comedy

In this unit we study dramatic comedy through William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and an anthology of comic poetry that spans the centuries.

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).

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