You will have the opportunity to study some of the literary greats and emerging talents whilst perfecting your analytical skills. The writers’ techniques will be considered, exploring the development of characters and themes, as you deepen your understanding of writers and their times.

The English Department currently studies the WJEC EDUQAS examination board. During the course, you will explore a wide range of texts, such as Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin. Whether you enjoy classic or more contemporary literature, there is something for you on the English Literature course.

Reading for inspiration, knowledge and for enjoyment is just the beginning to appreciating the written word!

This course can be taken in conjunction with A Level English Language. Complementary subjects to take alongside English Literature could include History, Law and Religious Studies, but students often take more diverse subjects such as Maths or the Sciences.

In 2017, A Level Literature students had the opportunity to visit Florence in Italy and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

In previous years, the Department has run trips to Rome, Venice, Paris, London, as well as to places closer to home, such as the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:
A Level programmes require a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at grade 5.

Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 5.

How will I be assessed?

The English Literature course consists of four components at A Level. This includes three exams at the end of the second year & a coursework folder worth 20% of the overall qualification.

Where does it lead?

This course will prepare you for a great many careers or higher education courses. It will develop your analytical and investigative skills, and give you the confidence to explore your own ideas and interpretations, all of which are essential for study at degree level.

Recent English Literature students have gained places in universities across the country to study a wide range of subjects including English Literature, Language, Combined Language and Literature, Linguistics, Speech Therapy, Journalism and Media. The course will prepare you for careers in the law, teaching, the Civil Service, journalism, the media and leisure industries, or even writing your own novels or poetry.

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