English Literature A-level


Start:
September
Duration:
2 years
Location:
South Sefton Campus
Level:
3

Course Details

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."

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.

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in both English Language and English Literature.

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.

AQA A-level English Literature (7717)
  • 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%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
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.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.