English Literature A-level

Indulge your creative side and take up the challenge of studying English Literature.

If you enjoy reading and analysing novels, poetry and plays and want to broaden your horizons by sharing ideas with like-minded people, then this is the course for you.

In the words of Albert Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study four texts from the genre of tragedy: King Lear, Death of a Salesman, Tess of the D’Ubervilles and a selection of poetry by Thomas Hardy.

You will also study the genre of crime writing by reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Atonement and Brighton Rock.

You will also learn to analyse unseen texts in the exam and produce a coursework folder of two 1500 word essays linked to critical theories such as feminism, Marxism and eco-criticism.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE English and GCSE English Literature at grades 5 or above.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (Tragedy or Comedy)
    A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Elements of Crime or Political Writing)
    A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Non-Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Critical Approaches)
    A-level (20%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Degrees in English, Law, Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies and any career requiring high level communication skills, such as, Publishing, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Media, Management, the legal profession and Teaching.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level English Literature (7717).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:44