What kind of student would enjoy this course?

The A-Level course will appeal to students with a love of reading. They will be challenged to analyse, engage and form personal and informed opinions on a range of texts through lively debate, research and discussion.

What will I study?

You will study literature from the past and present, from both this country and beyond including:

  • prose, poetry and drama
  • complementary literary critical text

The AS exam has been ‘decoupled’ from the A-Level, so AS units will no longer form part of the A-Level but as a department we will offer the AS and the A-Level to all students studying the course. There is an exam for the AS but assessment for the A-Level is through both coursework and examination. A minimum of eight texts will be studied including:

Exam 1: Shakespeare – Measure for Measure

Exam 2: Comparative and contextual study:

  • American Literature 1880–1940
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  • John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath

Section 2: Drama and Poetry pre-1900

  • Drama: Ibsen – A Doll’s House
  • Poetry: Rossetti – Selected Poems

Post-1900 texts at AS Level:

  • Drama: Alan Bennett – The History Boys
  • Prose: F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

What skills will I learn?

Your powers of communication will be enhanced by a study of English at this level. You will learn to express informed and independent opinions on a wide range of literary texts, to write in a variety of styles and to work collaboratively with others.

What could I do at the end of my course?

English Literature can be studied as a single subject in Higher Education or combined with others. An A-Level or degree in English Literature is highly valued and could lead to careers in journalism, media or law.