Five 9 – 4 (A* – C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of a 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.
You will study:
If you love reading, have an enquiring mind and want to expand your horizons, studying A Level English Literature will open up new worlds for you. This course is a facilitating subject at Russell Group Universities, which will enable you to gain a highly respected academic qualification, as well as gaining a wide knowledge of texts and genres which will in turn help you understand more about culture and history.
Studying and applying literary theory will also expand your insights into issues such as gender, race, class and the workings of the human mind. You will develop high order skills such as analysis and evaluation. In the second year you will be given exciting opportunities to make independent and creative coursework choices from which you will develop valuable research skills – what better preparation for university and your future career?
Paper 1 – Drama – written examination 2 hours 15 minutes 30% of A Level 60 marks
Section A – One discussion question based on Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night’s Dream from a choice of two exploring theme and relevant contextual factors and ideas from your critical reading (35 marks)
Section B – Other Drama – One essay question based on A Streetcar named Desire, exploring theme and character presentation from a choice of two (25 marks)
Paper 2 – Prose – written examination 1 hour 20% of A Level 40 marks.
One question from a choice of two comparing pre-1900 text Frankenstein and post-1900 text The Handmaid’s Tale from the topic of Science and Society which contain a thematic focus and test your ability to discuss relevant contextual factors.
Paper 3 – Poetry – written examination 2 hours 15 minutes 30% of A Level 60 marks
Section A – Post 2000 specified poetry Anthology: one question from a choice of two. Both use the same unseen poem and relate to different studied poems from the Anthology.
Section B – The Romantics (1780-1830) – You will study a range of poetry by different poets belonging to the movement of The Romantics, in the exam you will answer one question from a choice of two. One poem from the collection will be specified and you choose the other to explore and discuss contextual factors
Coursework – One extended comparative essay referring to two texts of your choice, linked by theme, movement, author or period and selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction. (60 marks – 20% of overall A level – 2500-3000 words).
The course will give you a wide base of literary and interdisciplinary knowledge, developing your critical, analytical and research skills.
English Literature is essential for anyone contemplating a degree in English. This subject is especially compatible with Law, History, Psychology and Art.
As an approximate guideline A Level subjects each require 4-5 hours.
Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil a ruler, and a notepad. All reading materials and set texts are provided by the College.
Your teachers who will guide you through the texts using a variety of methods tailored to different learning styles, such as individual study, group work, quizzes, essays, discussion and presentations.
…you love reading, have an enquiring mind and want to expand your horizons. Also if you believe that you will welcome the prospect of developing research skills, thinking independently and engaging in critical debate.