A Level in English Literature

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


The A level English Literature qualification is for those who enjoy reading and wish to explore a wider range of texts and literary genres.

In your first year of your A level in English Literature, you will study AS in English Literature. This can be a standalone qualification. In your second year, you will study A2 in English Literature and together with your AS qualification they will gain your A level qualification.

What will I do?

At AS you will study four texts - two plays, a novel and poetry, under the title 'Aspects of Comedy'. At A2 you will revise three of the AS texts, as well as studying novels and poetry in the crime writing genre. Unseen extracts will also be analysed, and activities include reading at home, detailed discussion of texts in class, debates, essay writing and trips to theatres and lecture days.

You will have a range of facilities available to you including; course books, on-site library, Moodle and English review.

Theatre trips and lecture days in London are also available, along with guest speakers e.g., Andrew McDonnell.

The entry qualifications for the A level in English Literature are five GCSEs at grade 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English Literature at grade 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above) or equivalent.

The A level in English Literature will take you two years to complete. You will attend college for a minimum of four days a week.

The A level in English Literature is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £1987
Year 1, AS Level - £724.
Year 2, A Level - £1263.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the first day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

During the A level in English Literature, you will be assessed through four written examinations and coursework.

At AS level you will take two papers, and at A2 Level you will take two papers and two pieces of coursework.

Paper 1.

Paper 2.
Prose and Poetry.

Paper 3.
Aspects of Comedy.

Paper 4.
Elements of Crime.

After successful completion of the A-level, many students go on to university degrees in English Literature or related subjects. Career opportunities include journalism, creative writing, publishing, teaching, and broadcasting.

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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