English Literature, A-Level
If you enjoy reading a wide range of texts including poetry, plays and novels, then this is the course for you. It will enhance your ability to appreciate and analyse a wide variety of literature and develop the skills needed to be able to write critically and creatively.
You’ll study tragedy, including Shakespeare’s Othello, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and a novel and poetry by Thomas Hardy. You’ll also explore power, inequality, oppression and rebellion, including William Blake poetry and two modern novels. You will also examine texts from varied critical perspectives, such as feminist and Marxist interpretations, and question what constitutes ‘value’ in literature.
Many students proceed to English degree courses, with career choices including journalism, teaching, public relations, law and the media, and other areas where confidence and competence in communicating are valuable
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.
The two year course will enhance your ability to both appreciate and analyse a wide variety of literature and develop the skills needed to be able to write critically and creatively about plays, novels and poems.
Much class time will be spent in small group work exploring ideas and issues, getting involved in class discussion, watching films and theatrical performances, and working on preparing written responses to each text.
By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.
My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.Edward Smith, BTEC student
The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student
My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.Thomas McCann, A Level student
Many Literature students proceed to study for English degree courses. English can also be combined with many other subjects in very many courses.
Journalism, teaching, public relations, information services, working in the field of law, the media, and other areas where confidence and competence in communicating are valuable.