Post-16 student doing some reading with a younger student


Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade 6 or above.

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Why study A level English literature?

What will I study during the course duration?

Students will study the following texts:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
  • A selection of poetry provided by AQA

Students will also be selecting a text for the coursework element of this course.

Opportunities will be provided to visit a theatre to watch the plays studied or a play written by the playwright.

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper 1: Love through the Ages, 3 hour exam
  • Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Non-exam assessment: Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one must have been written pre-1900. Students write an extended essay of 2500 words including a bibliography.

Career opportunities and Future study

The historicist approach to this course means that students will have a rich, challenging, and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for continuing this at university level. The skills developed are transferable across many other subjects to e.g. Law, Sociology, Psychology, Media, Film Studies to name but a few.

Students who continue their studies in English Literature at university are provided with opportunities to go into the following careers: journalism, publishing, editing, author, teaching, broadcasting, and script-writing are just some examples.