If you are passionate about books, then you’re a certain type of person. For you, writing is important: stimulating or frustrating, transporting or infuriating – but always vital and energising. Poetry, plays, novels, biography – they all speak to you directly: and most importantly, you have something fresh and relevant to say about them! This course will accommodate your views, many of your preferences and all of your critical energies.

The areas of study will require the development of the student’s knowledge and understanding of:
  • The ways in which writers shape meanings in texts.
  • How individual texts can be interpreted by different readers.
  • The ways in which texts relate to each other and how they are affected by the contexts in which they are written and read.
NB: All examinations at A level are ‘closed book’. i.e. no texts are allowed.
Component 1: To be assessed by a 150 min written exam: 40% of A level
This involves the study of the following areas:
  • A Shakespeare play
  • Drama and Poetry pre-1900
Component 2: To be assessed by a 150 min written exam: 40% of A level
The area of study here centres on texts from within a choice of topic areas:
  • American Literature 1880-1940
  • Gothic
  • Dystopia
  • Women in Literature
  • The Immigrant Experience
Assessment focuses on:
  • Close reading of two texts
  • A comparative and contextual study in the chosen topic area
Component 3: To be assessed in-centre 20% of A level
The ‘coursework’ element comprises:
  • A close reading or re-creative writing piece with student commentary.
  • An essay comparing two texts from the chosen area
A variety, including individual research and study; student presentations; discussion; IWB presentations; textual analysis; 1:1 guidance tutorials; seminars; lectures/visits as appropriate; theatre and film visits.
A variety of routes. English Literature is prized by all FE establishments. Will fit students in particular for academic study; advertising; creative arts degrees; arts-based study; librarianship; sociology; specific areas of media (some journalism/ radio/TV); teaching (all levels); advertising. In fact, all careers in which creativity and communication skills are useful.