English Literature

Course Overview 

On this course you will study some fantastic plays, novels and poetry, ranging in period. You must be willing to undertake independent reading, which should not really

feel like a chore, more a pleasure. A qualification in English Literature proves that you are highly motivated, analytical and confident in your ability to construct and convey an argument in both spoken and written form.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and/or language is preferred but a student with a grade 4 with genuine enthusiasm for the subject will be considered.

Course Level:

A Level – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

  1. Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology and coherent, accurate written expression.

  2. Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

  3. Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

  4. Explore connections across literary texts.

  5. Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

    This course has no AS component – it is a two year  programme of study culminating in three A Level examinations and the submission of a coursework portfolio.

What skills will I develop?

Collaborative/team building skills
How to structure, present and defend an argument
How to work individually and expand your knowledge of history, culture, art and literature
How to use other people’s opinions to develop/counter and support your argument

How will I be assessed?


The components comprise a comparative analysis of poetry and an unseen text and the critical response to prose. Students will also study drama texts including a Shakespeare play. This course also develops student engagement with spoken language and non-literary materials. The non-exam assessment enables pupils to pursue an independent line of enquiry investigating language usage within a particular text or genre.

Is there anything else I should know?

The skills that you will learn in this subject, such as  independent research, close reading, analysis and evaluation of material and assimilation of material into a formal essay are highly desirable skills for universities. English Literature  therefore is an ideal companion to History, French, Psychology, Religious Studies or any of the Science subjects.

Progression Routes

English Literature is highly regarded and considered a 

‘facilitating subject‘ for the top universities in the country, 

regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects but also for  Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.