English Literature allows you to study works of literature in greater depth than before, such as novels, plays, and poetry. You will think critically and analytically about the texts you are studying, thinking about the meaning and influence of them. The course covers three areas - telling stories, exploring conflict and making connections - covered across a mixture of coursework assignments and exams.
What Will I Study?
The texts offered for study range from the 16th century to the present day, covering a wide area of subjects. Texts covered may include:
Texts on Paris, France
Novels, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Handmaid's Tale or The Lovely Bones
Poets, such as John Donne, Robert Browning, Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy
Drama, such as Othello, All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire or The Herd
Creative writing, such as The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, Into The Wild or The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
What Will I Need?
You will need:
Three GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language, plus two further GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths
A reference from your previous school/college
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
How Will I Be Assessed?
During the 1st year there will be 5 formal internal assessments which you will need to pass in order to progress into the 2nd year. At the end of the 2nd year there are three public examinations.
What Will It Cost?
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
What Can I Do After?
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.
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