English Literature

English Literature

A Level English Literature provides students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. This course is ideal if you enjoy the thrill of a great book and are prepared to share your ideas, as well as have them challenged by others.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area English Language and Literature
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 2 years
99.16% Pass rate in 2019
Overview

A Level English Literature provides students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

Learners will study:

  • The ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts
  • The interpretation of texts by different readers, including over time
  • How texts relate to literary traditions, movements and genres
  • The cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers

This course is ideal if you enjoy the thrill of a great book and are prepared to share your ideas, as well as have them challenged by others.

As well as being part of a group you will be involved in small group projects and in individual research for assignments. Assessment will be split between coursework (20% of the final A Level grade) and examinations.

What topics will I study?

You will study a wide variety of texts from different periods and genres, including poetry, prose and drama. Our aim is to give you breadth and experience, so expect to read different kinds of literature, written in different historical periods by a variety of authors.

You will:

  • Gain an in depth understanding of how language is constructed
  • Develop creative skills and expertise as a writer, experimenting with different styles
  • Explore how language varies and changes over time
  • Develop transferable skills relating to the interpretation and analysis of different types of communication
  • Study how language develops from childhood
  • Explore language related issues, such as global English, gender identity, power, journalism and regional language variation

 

What experiences will I get?

During the course there will be a number of opportunities for you to take part in enrichment such as theatre trips, author talks, film screenings, lectures and events such as National Poetry Day.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme. This course goes well with any subject, especially A Levels across the Arts and Humanities.

Next steps: 

You could go on to university level education, and/or a range of careers. English Literature is highly regarded by universities as one of the select number of ‘facilitating’ subjects most desired by competitive institutions. Students have gone on to have careers in areas such as teaching, journalism, PR and marketing.

Entry Requirements

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Facilities

You will have access to a university-style lecture theatre which we use for revision lectures, film screenings and events. Our learning resource centres give you access to books, articles, journals and electronic resources to help you with your studies.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click here to view the fees for September 2018.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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