Course Details

A Level English Literature covers a range of set texts from different genres and time periods. You will study texts varying from Shakespeare's Othello to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. You are required to read texts in a variety of ways and respond critically and creatively, explore connections between texts, establishing links and relationships, use literary terminology and draw on your understanding of different interpretations. Aspects of journalism, writing, rhetorical questions, communication and more specific concept ideas will also be studied.

Entry Requirements

You need to have achieved 5 GCSEs grade 9/A*-4/C including GCSE English Literature, English Language and Maths. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level English Literature.

Career options

Careers in Writing, Marketing, Advertising, Journalism, Publishing, Editing, Teaching, Public Relations, Marketing, Archiving ..... there are endless possibilities as the skills required on the course translate into lots of different occupations.

A Level English Literature

Five highlights

  • 1 Engage in a variety of stimulus activities.
  • 2 Actively critique and discuss set texts.
  • 3 Enhance university entry as English Literature is a core subject.
  • 4 Creatively engage with set texts.
  • 5 Interactive and dynamic lessons involving group and pair activities.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 07.09.2020
  • Edexcel A Level in English Literature


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Course code Location Course length Start date
LAN213CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 07.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will study a range of set texts as outlined in the description of the course.

How will I be taught?

You have 4.5 hours in class a week split between 2 lessons. Emphasis is placed on discussion and activities to do with set texts though occasional lecture-style delivery features in lessons. Discussion is divided into whole class discussion and pair/ small groups. A Level English Literature uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. There are 3 exams at the end of your 2 years, ranging from poetry to Drama. 20% of your grade is coursework. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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