Do you have a love of literature, and are ready to explore how literature offers a voice? Are you keen to explore how authors express themselves, and often other marginalised voices through novels, plays, poems and other literary forms, through stimulating and lively lessons?#

A Level English Literature is a fascinating, engaging and thought provoking A Level. You’ll investigate and explore a wide range of texts, to understand how the author is communicating with the audience, and develop your own views. Some of these views may be hotly debated!

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

You will read eight different texts which include:

- Texts linked to the theme of protest. Texts include Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
- Texts linked to the themes of tragedy including Shakespeare’s Othello, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry by John Keats
- Texts for your coursework include reading a further poetry text and a novel independently chosen by you (with advice from your teacher)

With regular theatre trips, you will gain a new perspective on the texts you study. Our teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their subject, and are all qualified in their field. In addition to an outstanding experience in the classroom, you can expect a range of trips, visits and inspiring guest speakers. Students have enjoyed experiences such as theatre trips, and a visit to the ITV News Studio.

There are a range of extra curricular opportunities available that we encourage you to get involved in such as writing for the College magazine, the HNC Echo and participating in our own short story competition. We also participate in national competitions too such as Young Writers and Poetry by Heart.

This course is assessed via examinations (80%) and coursework (20%). 

English Literature is a highly regarded subject, and supports progression to a huge range of courses and careers, far beyond the obvious options such as English, Journalism or Creative Writing! Due to the skills you will develop such as debate, critical reading, confidence and problem solving studying A Level English Literature is a huge advantage for degrees in subjects such as Law or Science – there are almost endless opportunities on offer! There are few careers and degrees where the skills and knowledge you’ll develop are not an asset.

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Your experience will develop a wide range of transferable skills such as the ability to analyse, persuade and contrast an argument. Your lessons involve plenty of discussion, debate and working with others. You’ll hone your debate skills, and broaden your horizons

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