English Literature A Level


English Literature A Level

About the course

English Literature is a great course for anyone who enjoys reading books and discussing their ideas. Immerse yourself in poetry, prose and drama, making meaning from the worlds created by writers past and present.

• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)

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% 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, you will be able to progress to University. Taken alongside another Humanities subject - e.g. History or Drama - it can allow you to specialise in a particular field at Higher Education.

“Brandy has shown incredible determination and character."

Subjects: A Levels in Psychology, English Literature and History

Destination: Sheffield University to study LLB (Hons) in Criminology and Law.

She said: “I have loved studying English Literature and Psychology and my ambition for the future is to become a barrister. Due to my childhood, I am passionate about justice and my teachers have fuelled my drive to use my skills to make a safer and fairer society. I am so happy and excited to receive my results!"

“Where I was living it was impossible to concentrate and I had a real fear of failure which made my anxiety levels go up and up. Speaking to counsellors at the College, my teachers and my faith kept me sane.”

Brandy was not afraid to ask for help and the College understood her circumstances and gave her the time she needed to complete her work while still keeping her focused.

After finishing her A Levels in English Literature, History and Psychology, Brandy now has an offer to study a LLB (Hons) in Criminology and Law at Sheffield University.

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
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End date
2 Years
Sixth Form College
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
School Leavers
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A level entry requirements

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Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.

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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.