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English Literature GCE A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code El
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Studying English Literature at A Level will immerse students to an incredible world of poetry, prose and drama. It explores fictional texts which allows students to understand how they are created and how the characters, themes and plot come to life. This course provides the opportunity to explore some of the most revered texts throughout history, as well as crucial and sometimes controversial contemporary writing. Literature students are always challenged to see beyond the words on the page, and to develop a critical appreciation of the writing they study. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the rigors of literary study, exploring the fascinating theme of 'Love' in a wide variety of texts. Alongside studying ‘Love Through the Ages’ students will be considering the contexts in which the texts were produced. Students read a variety of Modernist, Post-Modernist and Contemporary texts to explore the time period from different socio-political viewpoints and literary styles. This thematic study is completed alongside a comparative coursework assignment which will allow students the independence to explore in depth the literary theme of: The Gothic.

If you have a passion for reading all kinds of texts including plays, poetry and novels, enjoyed studying English Literature at GCSE and want to stretch your analytical skills further, then this is the course for you. Effective communication skills, teamwork, independent study and dedication are essential for success in this course.


Love through the Ages:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
Pre-1900 Poetry
William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’
Texts in Shared Contexts
(Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day):
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Feminine Gospels’
Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
Non-Examined Assessment:
A focus on Gothic literature across a variety of texts including:
• Samuel Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’
• Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’
• Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper and other short stories’
• Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber and other short stories’

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 – Love through the Ages = 40%
Paper 2 – Modern times: Literature from 1945 to present day = 40%
Non-examined assessment – Literature across time =20%

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. *Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers. *All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements

Your next steps...

Studying English Literature is invaluable for those planning to pursue a career in education, journalism, the media, theatre, publishing and even law. Previous students who have successfully completed this course have gone on to study English at degree level, as well as American studies, drama and history.


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