A Level English Literature

Summary

You enjoy reading, like arguing about what things mean and love exploring the ways those meanings are made. You have an interest in contemporary and pre-twentieth century prose, poetry and drama. You want to study a subject that engages your feelings as well as your mind.
English literature students are highly respected by prestigious universities and the skills of analysis and expression that you develop on the course can lead to a wide range of university courses and careers.
You will be reading the work of the Romantic poet, Keats, comparing the poetry of 20th century writers Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, watching and studying drama that will include Shakespearean, Jacobean and modern tragedy. In addition, you will be introduced to a wide range of poetry and prose to build your confidence in the literary analysis of unseen texts. The coursework in the second year of this reformed A level will give you the opportunity to write about a contemporary novel in comparison with a pre-twentieth century novel.
You will develop as an independent reader and as a literary critic, exploring comparisons and connections between texts, considering other readers’ interpretations and appreciating the contexts in which texts were written. There will be three end of course exams, enabling you to demonstrate all the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the two years.

Entry Requirements

To study English literature at this level you need to have gained a grade 6 or above in GCSE English literature or GCSE English in addition to the general entry requirements.

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