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GCE A Level in English Literature


Type: Part Time

Subject: English and Maths

Level: 2

Start Date: 06 September 2021

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

72 weeks (2 years)


Level 3

Who is it for

Anyone who (provisionally) currently holds a grade 6 or B in English Literature/Language, and aspires to go on to study at higher education particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

Interview Skills Assessment

The development of formal written communication, independent thinking, analysing sophisticated ideas, understanding how to build a convincing argument, and being able to identify trends and key events that have shaped past/present society.

What is covered

There is a focus on poetry, prose, drama, and Shakespeare in a range of topics including: tragedy, comedy, crime writing, and social and political writing. There will also be a focus on independent study, where students can research and write about texts of their choosing.

How is the course assessed

The course is delivered and assessed in a linear pathway, meaning that the first year will result in an AS qualification, and the full A–Level upon completing the second year. Students will have the option to ’step–off' after year one with their AS qualification if they wish. Two 1–hour 30–minute exams at the end of the first year (AS); then a 2–hour 30–minute exam, a 3–hour exam, and two 1500–word essays at the end of the second year (A–Level).

What can this course lead to

It is universally recognised by higher education institutions that the skills developed through the study of English Literature are among the most transferable, with English graduates going on to develop the widest range of careers. Popular among these are: publishing, broadcasting, marketing and PR, journalism, law, politics, and teaching. English Literature is also one of the Russell Groups' ’facilitating' subjects; choosing to study this at A–Level allows a wide range of options for degree study.

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