A Level Courses

English Literature

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Attlee A Level Academy, Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    A Level Courses
  • Subject

  • Schedule

    Monday-Friday (Days 9am-4pm)
  • Duration

    72 Weeks
  • Course Fees

    No fees

Entry requirements

Grade 5/4 in GCSE English or English Language

You must have at least 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 including English and Maths producing an average point score of 42 and at least one grade 6 in a written subject.


At AS level you will read closely a play, a novel and a short collection of poems. You will identify key themes and ideas and learn how to analyze how writers use particular techniques to put their ideas across. You will write two short coursework essays based on your set play and novel. You will be encouraged to talk about your views and opinions in group and class discussions. The theme for the year is The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature and you will have a two-hour exam in which you will be tested on your set poetry and a short prose text on the theme of identity.

In your second year you will study the theme of Love Through the Ages. You will study a Shakespeare play, a modern play, a novel and a collection of poetry but you will also do plenty of wider reading. You will write one coursework essay and you will have a two and a half hour exam based on unseen short texts on your set theme.

  • You will study plays, prose and poetry
  • You will learn to use literary terminology
  • You will learn how to argue using evidence and analysis
  • You will learn how to organise and write essays

Further information

Many students go on to study English, Law or Journalism at university

Many top business and marketing executives have English Literature A Level or a degree in English

Working in the media usually requires at least an A Level in English

The Civil Service welcomes students with A Level English Literature or English degrees

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