English Literature A Level


English Literature A Level

About the course

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and English Literature perhaps the most famous and popular of all national literatures. Immerse yourself in poetry, prose and drama in English and learn how English is truly a world literature.

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B in one other written subject, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business or Religious Studies.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

You will study and share ideas with your classmates about a wide variety of texts. The extensive reading you will undertake on this course includes poetry, prose and drama from different periods, including at least one play by Shakespeare, other texts written before 1900, and one text written after 2000. This breadth of study will enable you to consider the ways in which texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres.

The assessment is 20% coursework and 80% by written exam.

English A Level is one of the bedrock qualifications for success, whether you want to progress to Higher Education or into work. Taken as one of three A Levels, it can get you into University. Taken alongside another Humanities subject - e.g. History or Drama - it can allow you to specialise in a particular field at Higher Education.

Studied: A Level History, Politics, English Literature and an AS in Psychology

Destination: Studying LLB Law at Queen Mary, University of London and has recently secured a training contract with top five Law firm Allen & Overy

“The Law Support Group at City and Islington College provided me with a lot of opportunities to get legal work experience that I wouldn’t have otherwise had been able to get. I completed legal work experience in Barclays and then a week at Allen & Overy. The relationship I continued to build and maintain with Allen & Overy after my work experience definitely helped me to secure a training contract.

“The independence I had at City and Islington College helped with my transition into university. I didn't feel so out of depth when I started, particularly when having to motivate myself to get through work and keep up with assignment deadlines. I liked that it was a sixth form college. It is much bigger than other sixth forms, meaning more independence, and classes are less formal compared to how GCSEs are taught at school.”

Sabiah will complete the Legal Practice Course funded by Allen & Overy, followed by training for two years at the firm as a Trainee Solicitor. She will then qualify into a department as an Associate Lawyer.

Course information

Start date
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08 September 2017

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Course level
Level 3
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Sixth Form College
Class Type
Full time
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A level entry requirements

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