Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature

Alongside the entry requirements for each course, you will also need to achieve the minimum Sixth Form entry requirements.


2 x Externals Exams: 80% of A-Level

Coursework Tasks: 20% of A-Level

Next Steps

Students of English Literature will develop excellent communication and critical thinking skills, allowing them to pursue a range of future study and career options. In particular, this subject would be usefull in careers such as Journalism, Copywriting, Editing and Teaching.

A-Level in English Literature

For avid readers, wordsmiths, poets and theatre lovers - English Literature is the perfect choice.

Studying literature nourishes the imagination. It has the power to transport you back in time; share the experiences of others; explore ideas, beliefs and values; take on new perspectives; challenge or discover your own and learn the literary skills to express yourself in original and creative ways through dialogue, argument, prose and poetry.

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Course Content

Plays, Prose & Poetry Covered

  • The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • Othello - William Shakespeare
  • The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
  • An Anthology of Pre-1900 Poetry
  • Feminine Gospels - Carol Ann Duffy
  • A whole host of unseen poetry and prose

Year 12

Love Through the Ages

The aim of this topic area is to explore aspects of a central literary theme of ‘love’ as seen over time.

Year 13

Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day

This topic area takes the end of WW2 as its historical starting point and explores both modern and contemporary literature’s engagement with some of the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped to shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century.

Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

This element of the course is assessed as coursework: students write a comparative critical study of two texts. The texts chosen must maximise opportunities for comparison and allow access to a range of critical interpretations, including over time.

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