A Level in English Literature

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

What will I do?

Over the two-year course you will study a variety of texts and poetry. You will begin your studies by focusing on four texts – two plays, a novel and poetry –, under the title, ‘Aspects of Comedy’ before progressing onto novels and poetry in the crime writing genre. You will also learn to analyse unseen extracts from crime writing.

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.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

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.

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 £25,000 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.

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.

In year 1 level you will take two papers, and in year 2 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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